Watsonville, Calif., June 28, 2021– We’ve all heard the saying…the secret is in the sauce…but the magic ingredient in Martinelli’s Habanero Apple BBQ Sauce may already be in your pantry – it’s Martinelli’s Unfiltered Apple Juice. Because Martinelli’s is 100% juice made from US grown fresh apples, it’s the perfect main ingredient for a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. This easy-to-make recipe encourages you to adjust the heat and texture to create a sauce tailored to your taste buds. Get grilling this summer with fresh ideas from Martinelli’s!


Martinelli’s Unfiltered Apple Juice balances out the piquant heat of the habanero peppers in this sensational summer grilling sauce.

Habanero Apple BBQ Sauce


3 cups Martinelli’s Unfiltered Apple Juice or Cider

½ cup chopped white onion
2 cloves garlic
3 habanero peppers — 2 halved, 1 minced
½ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper


1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon Martinelli’s Unfiltered Apple Juice or Cider


  1. Add all the sauce ingredients to a medium pot and bring the liquid to a slight simmer. To control the heat of the habaneros, dice one without seeds then add a few pepper halves to the sauce.
  2. Simmer on low stirring regularly for 25-30 minutes. Then, fish out the pepper halves.
  3. Let cool. For quick cooling, pour the sauce into a mixing bowl and place the bowl in an ice bath.
  4. Once cool, blend the mixture until smooth. Or if you prefer a little texture, use a metal strainer to remove chunks.
  5. Return the sauce to a low simmer.
  6. Thicken the sauce to your liking by adding cornstarch and Martinelli’s Unfiltered Apple Juice or Cider.

For more delicious recipes visit the Martinelli’s website.

About S. Martinelli & Company

Family-owned and operated, S. Martinelli & Company has been producing Gold Medal premium quality sparkling cider and apple juice for over 150 years in Watsonville, Calif. Martinelli’s products are 100% juice, made from U.S. grown fresh apples and contain no added sweeteners or chemical preservatives. Its apple-shaped glass and champagne style bottles are iconic hallmarks of the brand. The company is led by fourth generation family member and Chairman, John Martinelli.

For more information visit martinellis.com.