By request from the Traditional Foods on a Budget Facebook page, here is my barbeque sauce recipe.
This is my traditional food’s version of my Mom’s barbeque sauce, made from scratch instead of using bottled ketchup. The pickle juice is the secret ingredient. This recipe has been passed down since my grandmother worked for a well-known barbeque chain where I grew up, helping to make the sauce before her shift as a waitress began.
This makes a big batch, but you can double or triple it easily, only limited by the size of your biggest pot. Freeze the rest in portions appropriate to your family size or can it according to standard pressure-canning instructions.
Hands-on: 15 minutes
Hands-off: 30 minutes
12 ounces tomato paste
2½ cups water or chicken stock
Scant ½ cup rapadura (or use stevia or a combination)
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbs melted coconut oil
3 Tbs dill pickle juice
3 Tbs prepared mustard
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 bay leaf
1½ Tbs onion powder
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 Tbs salt
2 tsp blackstrap molasses
¼ tsp celery seeds
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp dry mustard
¼ tsp kelp granules or kelp with cayenne, optional
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, divided
In a stock pot, combine all of the ingredients except the apple cider vinegar. Add half of the vinegar and stir thoroughly. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until thickened. Remove bay leaf. Adjust the sweetness to your family’s liking and add more apple cider vinegar until it’s the right acidity for you. Cool and refrigerate or freeze.
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Is it only pressure can-able? Have you tested the acidity of this? I’d rather can than freeze. Thanks!
KerryAnn Foster says
I have not tested the acidity. I wouldn’t water bath can it because chicken stock requires pressure canning. When deciding how to can a recipe, you always look to the ingredient with the most risk and the ingredient that requires the longest canning time.
Lea H says
This is seriously the best BBQ sauce I’ve ever tasted! Way better than store-bought.
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Amanda Rose says
This looks awesome! We aren’t big BBQ sauce users, but now I’m thinking maybe we should be 🙂
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Christine Stuart says
Can you use honey instead of rapadura?
Absolutely. You might want to cut the amount in half and then increase it to taste.