Instant Pot Apple Butter BBQ Sauce Recipe (AIP Friendly)

This is my favorite time of year- the sweaters and boots have come out, and it’s APPLE EVERYTHING season!! Hold the pumpkin spice for just a little bit longer… we’re still celebrating apples over here!

Last weekend we went on our annual trip to one of our favorite u-pick farms for fresh produce, a family adventure together, and lots and lots of fresh-picked apples. And then we promptly made our absolute favorite The Best Apple Crisp, which was a huge hit with friends and neighbors. If you’re missing that non-runny, soft & supple apple-y underside and crisp buttery topping, don’t miss that recipe too!

There’s something magical about fresh farm air, sunlight, and getting in touch with the food we eat. With gorgeous weather we actually did 3 full laps around the farm, getting 1 1/2 bushels of apples as well as you-cut flowers and some veggies from the garden, including the tomatoes Wesley straight up ate like an apple when he happened upon them.

If you, like us, are *squeeing* from excitement of apple crisp and apple butter – allow us to blow your mind one step further with… Apple Butter BBQ Sauce! While the original recipe is a fan-favorite from our book Real Life Paleo – we want to share how we’ve been making it lately, adapted to be both nightshade-free and AIP-friendly, and made in the Instant Pot– we know you’ll love it! For AIP, leave out the Worcester sauce, mustard and pepper.

Instant Pot Apple Butter BBQ Sauce Recipe (AIP Friendly)


  • 1 cup apple butter
  • ½ cup unseasoned fauxmato sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


    Instant Pot Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in an Instant Pot. Stir, then close the lid and set to steam mode for ten minutes.
  2. When cycle is over, allow for natural pressure release, about 10 more minutes.
  3. Stovetop Directions:
  4. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together all of the ingredients. Stir frequently until the sauce begins to bubble.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Storage:
  7. Although not necessary, we recommend making this sauce at least a day ahead of time to let the flavors really settle. Store chilled in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Apple Butter BBQ Sauce to slather on ribs and grilled chicken or anything you can think of, we even love it on baked wings! Seriously so incredible – and the Instant Pot takes all the work out of it!

Recipe for Apple Butter BBQ Ribs can be found in Real Life Paleo

Need an more in-depth Instant Pot Tutorial and FAQ? Find it —> here.
Want more apple inspiration along with some of our other favorite apple recipes? Find it —> here.


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