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Spicy Rhubarb Sauce

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My neighbor has a giant rhubarb patch from which she lets me forage freely.  I don’t take much because rhubarb tends to need tons of sugar to be palatable to me, but still I do take some for jam making every year.  I wanted to try something a little different and this Spicy Rhubarb Sauce was born.  It’s not quite as thick as a fruit butter would be but pretty close and is mighty tasty used in a homemade barbeque sauce, stirred into oatmeal, or in a jam tart.

Spicy Rhubarb Sauce - Homespun Seasonal Living

Spicy Rhubarb Sauce


  • 8 Cups Chopped Rhubarb
  • 6 Cups Sugar
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Zest
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a Slow Cooker. Cook on high with the lid off for four hours.
  2. Puree the mixture and continue to cook until desired thickness is reached. Remember to leave the lid off so that the liquid can evaporate.
  3. Pour the sauce into hot jars leaving 1/2" headspace. Process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes (I'm at just about 4,000 feet so adjust for your elevation).

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Saturday 7th of June 2014

Great rhubarb recipe also! Fantastic spin on traditional rhubarb sauce!

Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Tuesday 13th of May 2014

This definitely sounds like something to try! I like rhubarb, and I think I would like *this* over ice cream! ;)


Wednesday 14th of May 2014

Over ice cream or poundcake (or both for that matter) would be incredible!


Tuesday 13th of May 2014

I LOVE rhubarb! I will try this Thanks for posting!


Tuesday 13th of May 2014

This sounds like a really great recipe to try with my overwhelming glut of rhubarb. It sounds like it would be delish on lamb kebabs. I never thought of adding orange to rhubarb. -- Chris


Wednesday 14th of May 2014

I'm sure I read about the orange / rhubarb combination somewhere else and it is mighty yummy!


Sunday 3rd of June 2012

Can anyone tell me approximately how many pounds of rhubard is 8 cups? Thanks for the recipe......I absolutely love rhubard and make alot of things with it.

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