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19 July 2019

This mango-habanero bbq sauce recipe is perfect for grilled shrimp, fish, chicken or pork, with just the right amount of sweet and heat.

When you’re firing up the grill this summer (or spring or fall or, hey winter!), you need to have a good BBQ sauce around. There are some very good ones out there at the grocery store, and some bad ones, but it’s pretty tough to go wrong with a good homemade BBQ sauce.

I enjoy making my own sauces for grilling because they’re fresher, and I can control what goes into them. I’m not super crazy about too much added sugar and all those preservatives. And I want awesome FLAVOR.

Like this particular recipe. It’s Mango-Habanero BBQ Sauce, and it has everything going for it. It’s got a touch of sweet from the mango, a nice level of heat from the habanero peppers, and I’ve made it slightly thick so it sticks to whatever it is I’m grilling.

YES!

Talk about an awesome bbq sauce. Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce in a bowl

Ingredients Needed

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Mango-Habanero BBQ Sauce recipe:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 habanero peppers diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2-3 cups chopped mango (I used 2 cups for this recipe, but you can use more as desired)
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons spicy chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce coating a spoon

 

Mango-Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe Steps

First, heat a large saucepan to medium heat and add olive oil with onion and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes, or until everything softens.

Add the garlic and cook another minute, until garlic becomes fragrant.

Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is combined.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Process until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a ½ cup of water or more and continue to process to your preferred consistency.

Serve the sauce right away, or let it sit awhile to allow the flavors to more fully develop.

Servings: 12 ¼ cup servings

Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce in a bowl, ready to serve

Recipe Tips

Wear Gloves. It’s a good idea to wear kitchen gloves when handling hot peppers. The oils from the peppers can get on your skin and cause a burning sensation. If this happens, see this page – How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn.

Thinner BBQ Sauce. If you’d like a thinner, more consistent bbq sauce, swirl in a bit more water to thin it out. You can also use a food processor, blender or immersion blender to process the sauce a bit more to a finer consistency. Or, run it through a sieve.

How Long Will This BBQ Sauce Last?

The sauce will last a couple weeks in the refrigerator if stored in a sealed container. You can freeze the sauce for up to 6 months to keep it longer. Just remove it from the freezer, thaw completely, then serve cold. Or, you can heat it gently in a small pot to serve warm.

The Heat Factor

Medium-Hot. You’ll get a nice level of heat from the habanero peppers.

Looking for a milder bbq sauce? Cut back on the habanero peppers by replacing some with milder peppers, like serranos or jalapenos, or core them out to remove some of the heat.

Want spicier? You can easily add more habaneros, or go with hotter peppers, like the ghost pepper. YES!

Serving Suggestions

I love this bbq sauce on any cut of chicken or pork, on grilled shrimp, on salmon, and also drizzled onto grilled vegetables. It’s wonderfully sweet and spicy. Got another way you use it? Let me know! I’d love to hear.

Try Some of My Other Mango-Habanero Recipes

Try Some of My Other BBQ Sauce Recipes

Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce dripping from a spoon. It's so thick!

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe
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5 from 9 votes

Mango-Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe

This mango-habanero bbq sauce recipe is perfect for grilled shrimp, fish, chicken or pork, with just the right amount of sweet and heat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, bbq sauce, habanero, mango, recipe, spicy
Servings: 12 1/4 cup servings
Calories: 104kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 habanero peppers diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2-3 cups chopped mango I used 2 cups for this recipe, but you can use more as desired
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons spicy chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a large saucepan to medium heat and add olive oil with onion and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes, or until everything softens.
  • Add the garlic and cook another minute, until garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is combined.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 20-30 minutes.
  • Process until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a ½ cup of water or more and continue to process to your preferred consistency. Serve the sauce right away, or let it sit awhile to allow the flavors to more fully develop.

Video

Notes

Heat Factor: Medium-Hot. You'll get a nice level of heat from the habanero peppers. Looking for a milder bbq sauce? Cut back on the habanero peppers by replacing some with milder peppers, or core them out to remove some of the heat. Want spicier? You can easily add more habaneros, or go with hotter peppers, like the ghost pepper. YES!

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1230IU | Vitamin C: 18.9mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.2mg

30 comments

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Genna, you can pressure can this. If you want to use a water bath method, make sure the acidity is 3.5 or lower for safe keeping. You may need to introduce more acid.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Dwayne, I like a lot of ginger and ginger powder doesn’t have a lot of flavor, to me. You can dial it back to a teaspoon, give it a taste, then adjust to preference. Let me know how it goes for you.

  1. Robert Grant

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe twice now, both times have been a success. This year I only had fermented habaneros to use, so I added a half cup of tabasco peppers to make up for the mellowed out flavor of the habs. Great stuff Mike thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Sounds like an excellent alteration and final sauce Robert.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this with 2 cups of mangoes… it’s redder than the orange sauce shown here. Also, I have only a food chopper, not a blender or processor, so my sauce is chunkier. However, the flavor’s what counts, and this sauce delivers. I made it to sauce up shredded pulled pork after dry-rubbing it and putting it in the slow cooker. I prepped it while the pork was cooking and added it to the cooker after shredding the pork. Delicious! Great way to use up the habaneros in my container garden. Also, if habaneros are a bit intense for you, here’s a secret: soak the chopped habaneros in a half-cup of an 80-proof liquor like tequila or vodka for 30 to 90 minutes (the longer you soak them, the more heat leaches out) and drain before using. Save the liquor to make a spicy bloody mary or margarita later! Just remember to label it accordingly!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent, Tru! Nice! I do love the idea of soaking the habs! I must give that a try.

  3. 5 stars
    Used about 3C mango for my first time with this recipe, but other ingredients as listed. This was amazing and I cannot wait to put on some grilled wings!!

  4. Jim Tarrant

    5 stars
    I made the dish exactly as written and it is so, so good. I love the fruitiness of Habaneros and they grow abundantly in our garden. I can imagine using this sauce on all kinds of dishes and can’t wait to try it on everything. Mango-habanero sauce on vanilla ice cream, Yes!

  5. 5 stars
    Incredible. Because the mango habanero combo is my favorite, I doubled it. What an amazing recipe! I would like to save some and give some away. Any idea how long this will last in the fridge and/or freezer?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Jack! This will last 6 months or longer in the freezer. I never tested the pH of this sauce, but it should easily last a couple weeks in the fridge, properly sealed. Possibly longer.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Sam, yes, absolutely. Check the acidity first. It’s best at 3.5 or below for home canning. Let me know how it goes.

  6. Noticed you had some roasted Habaneros in one of your pics. This will be my method tomorrow night using your recipe!
    I love this guy!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Oh yeah! Extra roasted peppers are great on the side when I got the grill fired up. I love it. Thanks, David!

  7. 5 stars
    Your recipes never disappoint! I made this today….going on baby back pork ribs tonight!
    I used 2 c. Manga. I might use 3 c. next time. Excellent sauce! Another keeper.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Outstanding, Marnie! Glad you loved it! This is definitely one of my favorite sauces! Wish I had some of those ribs!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thank you, Robert! I do LOVE this sauce!

  8. Jesse-Gabriel r

    5 stars
    Hey Michael!
    Wieder ein großartiges Rezept, ich glaube ich werde es auch mal mit Apricots versuchen was sagst du dazu, bestimmt auch super oder!?
    Grüße,
    Jesse-Gabriel

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hello, Jesse. Lucky for me I have Google Translate! Yes, apricot would be a GREAT addition! Let me know how it turns out. (DEUTSCHE: Ja, Aprikose wäre eine tolle Ergänzung! Lass mich wissen, wie es ausgeht.)

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome, Peter! Totally perfect for wings, and chicken in general.

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