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Looking to liven up your mid-summer BBQ routine? An amazing fruit-based hot sauce juuust may be the perfect thing to kick a boring grilled chicken breast in the butt and get it movin’.

If you can’t handle the heat, then stay out of the kitchen. Or at least when it comes to making hot sauce. Not all of us are fans of foods that are supremely spicy, to which we ask a resounding “what kind of person are you?” (Just kidding, maybe). For those who can handle a little spice, but only when paired with something sweet, meet your new favorite condiment: fruit-based hot sauce. They are not only easy to make, but also take full advantage of the beautiful produce that summer has to offer.

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From pineapple and peach to mango and guava, we’ve gathered some of our favorite flavors to liven up your lackluster summer dishes. Scroll down to check them out.

Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce

You may not be taking that weekend getaway to the Bahamas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the versatility of pineapple. Make this sauce while it’s seasonal and throw yourself an island-themed BBQ. Get the Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce recipe.

Caribbean Jerk Peach Hot Sauce

Jerk seasoning gives this sweet and hot sauce a distinct the Caribbean flavor and it’s made with a new hybrid pepper called the Carbanero that has some sweet orange to it but habaneros would work fine if you can’t find them. Get the Caribbean Jerk Peach Hot Sauce recipe.

Guava Pepper Sauce

If you can find good ripe guavas make jam, guava cheese, and this Carribean-style fiery guava pepper hot sauce that will make your grilled chicken sing to the gods. Get the Guava Pepper Sauce recipe.

Peach Hot Sauce

You don’t have to head down to Georgia for a dash of this sweet heat. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if any southern lady carries a bottle of this in her purse. It’s just that good. Get the Peach Hot Sauce recipe.

Mango Habanero Hot Sauce

Mango and habanero have been a match made in heaven for centuries. Now you get to oversee their nuptials within the comforts of your own kitchen. Get the Mango Habanero Hot Sauce recipe.

Related Reading: Chowhound Recommends: Best BBQ Sauces

Cherry Bomb Hot Sauce


There’s no better time to bring back “the” when describing something. In this case, it’s cherry bomb hot sauce that incorporates refreshing (and healthy!) cherry juice. Get our Cherry Bomb Hot Sauce recipe.

Smoked Cherry Hot Sauce

smoked cherry hot sauce recipe


Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—though in this case, it’s just tongue-tingling habanero peppers. They join fresh cherries for a smoking session so there’s a hazy note to this simple sauce. Get our Smoked Cherry Hot Sauce recipe.

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