Barbecue Sauce for Canning

"Mom used to make this every year, and use it for braising, baking, grilling or broiling- mostly chicken, but I have used it on pork as well."
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Ready In:
8 1/2 pint jars




  • Blanch, peel and coarsely chop tomatoes to measure 10 cups.
  • Combine tomatoes, onion, sugar,and cayenne in a large saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Boil gently, stirring occasionally for about 1/2 hour.
  • Remove from heat and puree mixture.
  • Return mixture to saucepan stir in vinegar, salt,garlic, and spices.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Boil gently for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Fill boiling water canner with water.
  • Place 8 clean 1/2 pint mason jars in canner over high heat.
  • Place lids and seals in boiling water, boil 5 min to soften seal.
  • Ladle sauce into hot jars, to within 1/4" of top rim.
  • Remove air bubbles with spatula, and re-fill to 1/4" wipe jar to remove any stickiness.
  • Place seal on jar, and apply screw band just until finger tight.
  • Place jars in canner.
  • Cover canner, return water to the boil, process 15 minute Remove jars, allow to cool for 24 hrs, and check seals.
  • Store in a cool dark place.

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  1. Very nice sauce. Good consistency. I would cut down a little on the vinegar next time though.
  2. This really is a delicious recipe, and makes the home smell wonderful! However, Bogey'sMom was right, it's not a "barbecue sauce" but much more of a chili sauce. Mixed with a little bit of grape jelly, it would make a fabulous sauce for meatballs!!
  3. I gave this 4 stars because although it was a good sauce for marinating or grilling, it really was not very "barbecue-y". It's pretty sweet and the spices are really "sweet" spices as well. It will definitely be excellent for grilling chicken and I'll use every drop I made, but I would not consider this barbecue.


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