This homemade Watermelon Rind BBQ sauce can be made in the Instant Pot in just 30 minutes or on the stove top in about an hour. Made with just a few ingredients this homemade BBQ sauce is a delicious way to use watermelon rind. Recipe sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotional Board.

Watermelon Rind BBQ Sauce

We love making homemade BBQ sauce. It’s easy to make, fun to customize and you can add in fresh fruit for added flavor. We actually used watermelon rind in this BBQ sauce recipe. Did you know that you could use watermelon rind in recipes?  In fact, watermelon rind is edible on it’s own! Don’t toss those watermelon rinds! There are lots of uses for all parts of a watermelon, including the rind. Here are 3 ways to use the whole watermelon that you may have never thought of.

How to make Watermelon Rind BBQ Sauce

Key Ingredients to making Watermelon Rind BBQ Sauce:

  • Watermelon rind
  • Tomato paste
  • White vinegar
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Oil and seasonings

How do you make homemade BBQ sauce?

We used the Instant Pot in this recipe, so you just peel and toss in the Instant Pot along with the other ingredients to make this delicious and tangy Watermelon Rind BBQ Sauce.

Do you have to use an Instant Pot to make homemade BBQ?

Nope! If you are making this delicious sauce on the stove top you will:

  • Add all the ingredients to a medium size pot on the stove over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about an hour. Your homemade watermelon BBQ sauce will start to thicken.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and place into a food processor or blender and puree.
  • Cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until ready to use.
Watermelon BBQ Sauce

How long is Watermelon Rind BBQ good for when stored in the refrigerator?

Homemade BBQ sauce is good for about 7-10 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

What do you use Watermelon Rind BBQ Sauce on?

We love it on chicken and pork, and are looking forward to trying it on ribs.

Easy Watermelon BBQ Sauce

Here are a few other of our favorite watermelon recipes:

Watermelon Rind BBQ Sauce

Amber Gray
Just peel the watermelon rind and toss in the Instant Pot along with the other ingredients to make this delicious Watermelon Rind BBQ Sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Egg Free
Servings 8
Calories 85 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup chopped watermelon rind
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Add watermelon rind, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, oil and garlic to Instant Pot. Place lid on Instant Pot and set value to Sealing position. Cook on high 10 minutes. Once done cooking, quick release steam and remove lid.
  • Let cool before transferring to food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Notes

If you are making this delicious sauce on the stove top you will:
  • Add all the ingredients to a medium size pot on the stove over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about an hour. Your homemade watermelon BBQ sauce will start to thicken.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and place into a food processor or blender and puree.
  • Cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 3.5gSodium: 246mgSugar: 10.1g
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