Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning

Posted August 28, 2017 by Lauren Dibble in Recipes / 1 Comment

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bbq sauce recipe for canning

The internet is full of recipes for homemade BBQ sauce. If you do a google search for homemade BBQ sauce, you get 2,280,000 results. Over 2 million!

(HINT: most of them combine ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and call it done!)

Taking three store-bought, pre-made condiments and mixing them together and calling them BBQ sauce, doesn’t quite do it for me.

Another motivation for me to start making BBQ sauce at home is the wee little one. I pour my favorite BBQ sauce on everything – meat, fries, mac n cheese. Everything. Little one has figured out if mama likes it, it must be good, and wants it on everything, too.

I finally looked at the ingredients the other day and nearly cried. The first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. (insert dramatic wailing here) Even further down the list, it contains high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup AND sugar. So basically I was ladling syrup on everything. No wonder it tasted so good!

But to avoid overdosing baby with sugar, I have to avoid it myself. Damn kids are good at accountability.

So I scoured the interwebs, experimented, and finally found a recipe I can feel good giving to the baby (in moderate amounts) and feel good eating myself.

If you’re swimming in tomatoes, or know of a farmer selling “canning tomatoes” for cheap, stock up and double this recipe.

If you’re not growing tomatoes yet, you absolutely should be. They’re the best gateway drug…err…vegetable to grow. Even if you’re apartment homesteading, all they need is a pot and a sunny window.

Check out my 30 second guide to growing tomatoes to get started!

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

peeled and de-seeded tomatoes for canning

The first step to this recipe is to peel and de-seed your tomatoes. Peeling and de-seeding tomatoes may seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. But I explain how to do it easily with step-by-step instructions on my post How to Prepare Tomatoes For Canning.

homemade bbq sauce for canning

You’ll throw your tomatoes, onions and garlic into a crockpot and let cook on high for 4 hours or so. If you don’t want to wait, simply add them to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until they’re soft and cooked-through.

process bbq sauce

Then you’ll process your tomato-mixture in a food mill or blender. If you want a texture like store-bought BBQ sauce, you’ll need to get rid of the solids. If you like a chunkier chutny-style BBQ sauce, simply puree the mixture into a thick paste.

After rinsing your crockpot, add the liquid back to it and discard the solids. Add the vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce and dijon mustard, stirring to combine. Cook for an additional 4 hours until thick.

Consider this recipe your beginning. Make it first, and try it out. Need more heat? Add peppers! Need more tang? Add more vinegar. Want more smokiness? Add some liquid smoke! Customize this basic recipe to your taste. The possibilities are endless!

how to can BBQ sauce

How to Can BBQ Sauce

To can your BBQ sauce, simply sterilize your jars like normal, pour in the BBQ sauce and process in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.

Enjoy the taste of summer all year long!

Happy Homesteading!

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Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning
Easy to make crockpot BBQ sauce for canning. **At any point the crockpot can be replaced with just a saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop if you want a quicker recipe**
homemade bbq sauce recipe
Course Condiment
Cook Time 8 hours
half pint jars
Course Condiment
Cook Time 8 hours
half pint jars
homemade bbq sauce recipe
Cooking Instructions
  1. Add your tomatoes (peeled and de-seeded), onions and garlic to a crockpot.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours, or until mushy.
  3. Remove the pulp by either running your tomato mixture through a food mill, or push it through a fine sieve. (If you like a chunkier BBQ sauce, you can simply add it to a blender and puree).
  4. Rinse out your crockpot and return the tomato/onions/garlic liquid to it. (Discard solids).
  5. Add your vinegar, brown sugar, molasses (optional), soy sauce, and dijon mustard, stirring to combine.
  6. Cook on high, uncovered, for another 4 hours or until the desired consistency.
Canning Instructions
  1. Sterilize your canning jars.
  2. Ladle BBQ sauce into the hot jars, leaving about 1/2 inch of headspace.
  3. Wipe rim and apply lid and ring.
  4. Process jars in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

*any type of pepper will work depending on the heat you're going for. If you're making it to share with the kiddos, try just a bell pepper. Want to knock the socks off of your obnoxious uncle who says he can handle anything - ghost pepper. **just wear gloves!

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One response to “Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning

  1. When we were in graduate school I learned to make this barbecue sauce from a neighbor. I just eyeball the measurements.
    A couple of tablespoons of butter melted, add catsup until it looks good, add a dollop or two of worchestershire sauce and the juice of a lemon. It’s not sweet but very good. When I want a touch of sweetness I add honey or brown sugar or both to taste (if I’m really feeling the need for sweetness).

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