It’s simple to learn how to make Rhubarb Sauce – it’s just 3 ingredients – then use it to jazz up pancakes, parfaits, a grilled cheese sandwich(!) and even barbecue sauce. Follow my simple 1-2-3-4-5 recipe for a taste of spring (and rhubarb season through August!)
My first rhubarb of the year is coming up in my little garden patch and I’m beyond excited.
As one of the few remaining truly seasonal vegetables, rhubarb seems to scream SPRING!
When I was a child in Montana, our family went for long springtime walks over our hilly pasture land. My sisters and I liked to visit an old homestead and play we were the girls in “Little House on the Prairie”. There wasn’t much left of the broken down shack. But what did remain – a remnant of the homesteader’s original garden – was rhubarb. My dad said this was typical: Rhubarb plants are extremely hardy.
And it’s true.
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 recipe for Rhubarb Sauce:
1 pound of rhubarb (about 4 cups chopped)
2 tablespoons orange juice or water
Add 1/3 cup sugar
Cook about 4-5 minutes
That’s it. And while I can think of at least a dozen other uses, here are four of my favorite uses for Rhubarb Sauce:
1) Yogurt & Granola Parfait
Just spoon layers alternately with Greek yogurt, Rhubarb Sauce, and granola. Top with fresh raw rhubarb that’s been dusted with sugar.
2) Top Pancakes, Waffles or French Toast
Katie over at Healthy Seasonal Recipes tops her Lemon Almond Ricotta Pancakes with Rhubarb Compote – a delicious two-ingredient rhubarb sauce.
3) Accompany a Cheese Plate or a grilled cheese sandwich!
4) Barbecue Sauce
My friend Amy Myrdal Miller gave me a paper copy of her ‘secret’ Rhubarbecue Sauce‘ years ago. But I’d forgotten about it until moving here to the St. Louis area – otherwise known as Barbecue Nation – by locals. Inspired by Amy’s secret sauce, I now mix my 1-2-3-4-5 Rhubarb Sauce into my favorite purchased barbecue sauce for awesome sweet-tart taste. And since rhubarb is officially a vegetable, you’ll get a dab more veggies along with whatever you are barbecuing – be it tofu or tenderloin. It's rhubarb season! Easy 3-INGREDIENT RHUBARB SAUCE is sweet-tart tasty on ice cream, cheese plates, or mixed into BBQ sauce. #Rhubarb via @TspCurry Click To Tweet Print
1-2-3-4-5 Rhubarb Sauce
Use this simple 1-2-3-4-5 formula to make sweet-tart rhubarb sauce.
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- 1 pound rhubarb – about 4 cups chopped
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/3 cup sugar (or more if desired)
- Combine all ingredient in a sauce pan or medium pot. Cover tightly.
- Cook over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes; stirring once halfway through. (Cover pot after stirring.)
- Sauce is done when tender but not totally falling apart.
Have you ever cooked with rhubarb? How do you like to use it?