This versatile sauce is tangy with its kick of heat coming from not just chilli and black pepper but also from fresh ginger. The heat is balanced off with fresh green apples to give a refreshing subtle tartness. Goes well not only on pork and pulled pork sandwiches, but also beef steak sandwiches, hotdogs and hamburgers!

House Special Pork Sandwich BBQ Sauce

Prep: 10 minutes 
Level: Easy
Makes: ~1 and 1/2 cups
Oven Temperature:
Can recipe be doubled? Yes.
Make ahead? Yes, keeps well up to 3 weeks. Taste mellows with keeping.


1 cup tomato ketchup
1/4 cup roughly chopped onions
1/2 cup roughly chopped peeled green apples (about 1/2 a green apple)*
1/8″ ginger, sliced (add up to 1/4″ of ginger if you want more heat)
1 large clove garlic, skin removed
2 Tablespoons brown sugar or molasses
1/8 teaspoon of chilli powder (add more if you want more heat)
1/8 teaspoon of black pepper (add more if you want more heat)
1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce (add up to 1 teaspoon if you want more heat)
1/2 teaspoon mustard (add up to 1 teaspoon if you want more heat)
* If you want a more spicy sauce and choose to increase the quantities of the ginger, chilli powder, black pepper, tabasco sauce and mustard, increase green apples to 3/4 cup).


1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until you have a smooth sauce with no chunky bits. Bottle and serve. That is it!


Read how to make the Hamburger Buns featured here. The recipe is so versatile, you could bake an interesting variety of savoury/sweet buns with it.

(1) You can adjust the amounts of individual ingredients to suit your taste. However, you would have to tweak the recipe until you get the flavour you like.
(2) The House Special Pork Sandwich Sauce is always served on my Slow Cooked Pork Sandwiches and with my uncomplicated Crisp Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw. Like its name suggests, the coleslaw recipe always dishes out crisp and not soggy coleslaw. Here is how I serve it. Complete with chips of course. The entire menu is pretty much fuss free.Serve this at your next party!