In my quest to find more ways to make use of the tomatoes I’m harvesting, I decided to can some barbecue sauce. We don’t use all that much barbecue sauce, but probably go through 4 or 5 bottles a year. So as with other stuff, I dug around the Internet and put together a recipe by mixing and matching what I had on hand.
I started out with a 1 gallon Ziploc bag of frozen tomato pulp. To that I added the following.
- 2 cups finely chopped onions
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 Tbsp celery salt
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp ground nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp dry mustard
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
I decided to use the food processor, so I picked out the smallest onions. I quartered and peeled the onions. These went into the food processor with the garlic. I pulsed the food processor until the onions were very fine. Then combined the tomato pulp, onions, red pepper flake and celery salt in a pot and brought it to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the onions were soft.
I then poured the mixture through my old-fashioned food press. I figured this would be easier to clean up than my Roma Food Mill, but either would work. I used the wood pestle to press it through into a stock pot. The goal of this is to mash any solids into a pulp. The pulp went back onto the stove. I added the rest of the ingredients and brought it to a boil. Reduced the heat and simmered for another 60 minutes. This caused it to thicken to the consistency of a thin store bought barbecue sauce. The sauce should thicken when it cools.
I filled 5 pint jars with the sauce and left 1/2″ of headspace. Wiped the rim of the jar and put on a sanitized lid and ring. These went into a boiling water bath canner. I processed them for 20 minutes. I removed them and the lids sealed fine.
It tasted good when I canned it, but it was a little on the spicy side. I may have to adjust the ingredients to suite my family’s tastes, they aren’t into spicy. I’ll report back once I use it on something.