Rhubarb and Apple Sauce
pork belly with rhubarb and apple sauce

Rhubarb and Apple Sauce

Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
rhubarb and apple sauce

Sauce for Roast Pork

It’s traditional to serve apple sauce with your Sunday roast pork, but have you tried rhubarb and apple sauce or even all rhubarb?

They make a good pairing and this twist on the classic apple sauce goes great with pork.

Rhubarb History

Rhubarb seems to have gone in and out of fashion over the years. Its popularity seems to have fallen with our increasingly sweet tooth. Times when sugar was in short supply like post-war rationing saw the rhubarb industry collapse.

Most people who grow rhubarb have made apple and rhubarb crumble, if not we have a recipe for you to try.

chopped apples and rhubarb

Home Grown Rhubarb

My son grows rhubarb on his allotment so we have a never-ending supply from late spring into autumn.

rhubarb on allotment
Photographer Paul Debois

We clean the sticks, chop them into pieces, bag them in portions and freeze them. Freezing and defrosting softens the rhubarb partially but is fine for cooking.

If you want to make some rhubarb and apple sauce year-round, freezing is the only option as shop-bought rhubarb is seasonal.

The Rhubarb Triangle

Force grown rhubarb from the so-called ‘Rhubarb Triangle’ in Yorkshire is a premium variety available from January to March. Forced rhubarb gets very high praise from top chefs for its superior taste.

It’s quite expensive and available direct from growers like Alston Wholefoods.

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Recipe – Rhubarb and Apple Sauce

rhubarb and apple sauce

Rhubarb and Apple Sauce

It's traditional to serve apple sauce with your Sunday roast pork, but have you tried rhubarb and apple sauce?
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: 🇬🇧 British
Keyword: apple, rhubarb, sauce, sides
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Richard


  • 5-7 sticks rhubarb depending on size, finely chopped
  • 2 apple Granny Smith, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 110 g raw golden sugar plus extra if needed
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 50 g butter cold, cubed


  • To make the sauce, place the rhubarb into a medium-sized saucepan along with the apple, sugar, lemon zest and a splash of water. Bring to a gentle simmer, and cook until the rhubarb and apple are both fully cooked and falling apart.
  • Allow to cool a little, then taste and adjust the flavour if necessary, adding a little more sugar if it is too tart.
  • Add half the cold cubed butter, and stir in until fully emulsified, then repeat with the other half. Set aside.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g

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