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Sweet and Spicy Rhubarb Ginger Sauce

This sweet and spicy Rhubarb Ginger Sauce is a glaze perfect for chicken and pork. Use this as a marinade or compote for a flavor accent to your grill, stovetop or crockpot. It can be prepared as a chunky chutney, or a smooth, pourable sauce to dip meats in.

Combining fresh rhubarb stalks, raisins, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar; the sweet and tart flavor profile is finished with black pepper, red pepper flakes, and fresh ginger for a powerful finish. The heat and spice can be as intense as you like, and you can build on this recipe to create a more complex flavor profile.

Rhubarb Sauce
Sweet tart and spicy rhubarb ginger sauce adds a lovely patina to your meat.

This sauce, full of healthy and nutritious ginger and rhubarb, goes together quickly and simmers to a thick compote in about a half hour.

Rhubarb has such a unique, tart flavor it requires some sweetness to compliment it and bring out the juicy clean flavor of this tart delicacy. You can play around with how you sweeten the recipe if you don’t want to use brown sugar. Maple syrup could be substituted, or you could make it as stewed rhubarb with ginger and honey.

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We occasionally grow rhubarb in our garden and enjoying cooking with it. We have made a delicious strawberry rhubarb dessert sauce that is scrumptious poured over things like ice cream, scones, and even toast.

In this recipe the tart rhubarb and spicy ginger mixed with a few sweeter elements is the perfect partner for meats. This sauce would work well on wings or for the grill, as a rhubarb bbq marinade.

What is rhubarb compote made of?

Compotes are a stewed fruits cooked in a sweetener like sugar or syrups, and used to top desserts. This recipe can very easily be used as a compote with a few small changes. Prepare it without the peppers, and balsamic vinegar and you have yourself a delicious drizzle for rhubarb ginger dessert recipes.

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Rhubarb Ginger Sauce Recipe

This is a spicy sauce unless you choose to tone down the red pepper flakes. We love it as the recipe is written, but if you let it sit in your fridge the flavor will concentrate. Rhubarb sauce for pork is a popular option for this recipe because pork meat has a sweeter flavor that pairs beautifully with the tart, and sweet flavors that this recipe brings.

Cooking the compote

  • Chop up the rhubarb and mince and peel the ginger.
  • Add everything into a large skillet and bring to a low boil.
  • Simmer until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.

Yield: This recipe makes about a quart of sauce.

If you want a smooth, pourable sauce simply put it in a blender and give it a few pulses. Be careful not to mix it too much, or it will become too thin.

Because there are peppers in this recipe, the intensity of the heat will build the longer it marinades and infuses. If you don’t want a spicy sauce, either use it right away or reduce the amount of pepper flakes.

Storing the compote

  • This gingery rhubarb sauce will keep well in the fridge a week or so.
  • This sauce does freeze well for up to two months.
Gingery Rhubarb Sauce
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Sweet and spicy Rhubarb Ginger Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This gingery rhubarb sauce is a sweet and spicy compote. Great over chicken and pork. Add this thick rich accent to your favorite slow cook meat dinner or in a gravy boat on the side at table for a delicious flavor enhancement.


  • 4 to 5 cups fresh rhubarb chopped into 1/2 inch lengths
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 Cup raisins


  1. Add all of the ingredients into a skillet on low and stir them together with a wooden spoon.
  2. Turn up the heat to medium and cook until the rhubarb is mushed and the liquid is reduced to a thick , saucy consistency, about 20 minutes.
  3. Pour into a quart sized air tight container and store in the fridge until needed.


This meat sauce makes a pan fried chicken dinner.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 122Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 15mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 4gSugar 21gProtein 2g

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Cheryl Moore

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Is 2 tsp of black pepper a misprint? I love spicy food, but this just tastes like black pepper. It is definitely spicy. I cut the pepper flakes to half. Wish I had done a quarter of the pepper to start. That's all I taste is pepper.


Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Hi Cheryl, I've had lots of feedback on this sauce and your the first with this input. However, I did revise the recipe to 1 tsp. black pepper. It's all to taste of course. I hope you play around with the spices and make this sauce as you like it. That's the great thing about homemade food. Thanks so much for letting us know how the sauce turned out for you. Have a great day!


Monday 2nd of March 2020

Had to try it last season, loved it, anxious to make another batch this year. I froze it on small containers.


Monday 2nd of March 2020

Hi Roxy, I'm so happy you love this sauce. We do too. Can't wait for the rhubarb to get ripe. Thanks for stopping by and letting us know how it worked out for you. Have a great day!

tammy cade

Thursday 19th of July 2018

I have tons of rhubarb in my garden and am wondering if you feel it would be ok to can this sauce?


Thursday 19th of July 2018

Hi Tammy, I am sure this sauce would be great for canning. Enjoy!

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Friday 8th of May 2015

This sauce looks amazing! I have never cooked or baked with rhubarb before. Totally want to try this recipe!


Friday 8th of May 2015

Thank you Christine! This rhubarb Ginger sauce IS amazing. I totally fell in love with it and am dreaming up lots of ways to use it in my springtime meals. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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