Texas Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning or OAMC

"Ok, in TEXAS we do NOT cook with sauce! It is only used as a condiment to top anything we want or to dip things in. There have been so many arguments started over whose is best- but we all know Mama's is best! This makes a bucket load so use the tool to change the number of servings or freeze, can or give away the rest. "Samantha in UK states that this is not safe to can as it has butter in it. I have never had a problem but please be aware of that info. If you are concerned please try substituting with ButterBuds / Molly McButter type butter substitute or do not can. Freezing is another option as well " If you do decide to can this use a Boiling Water Bath, process half-pints and pints for 20 minutes at 0-1000 feet in elevation, 25 minutes for more elevation."
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Ready In:
6 quarts




  • Saute onion in butter until clear. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add all other ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes. *I throw the lemons in after I have squeezed the juice out and remove before serving.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  • Can be frozen, canned or stored in refrigerator for 6 months.

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  1. Mommaofmany
    This is an excellent sauce. I have put up 12 pints and will make more as needed throughout the summer. I omitted the butter, since I was planning on canning it, and just added the onions to the mix with everything else. I didn't worry about chopping the peppers too fine; I just took my immersion blender to the sauce after the simmering.
  2. Mami J
    I found this to be a great bbq sauce. It's sweet enough, spicy enough, just right for our tastes. I decreased the amount to 2 qts and used homemade tomato sauce and lime juice instead of lemon. Thank you Mama! Made for Bevy Tag April '09.
  3. ncmysteryshopper
    This BBQ sauce was outstandingly perfect. The flavor was EXACTLY what i was looking for! A flavorful sauce with a kick. Tasted so much better than store bought. In the south we know our BBQ pretty well....and this is one of my new favorties. I did not have jalapenos so i cut up serrano peppers. I did not make 6 quarts of the sauce as I don't know what i would do with all that sauce LOL. I entered .25 in the Change size and it made a perfect small mason jar full! The math was pretty simple after finding a conversion chart for 1/16 of a gallon (8 ounces BTW).
    I tried this recipe and I canned it. I pressure canned 1/2 pints for 25 minutes and it's still great! Has a bit a zest to it but I will be makin' it again next year!
  5. Samantha in Ut
    This recipe wouldn't be safe to can.


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