Canned Smokey Cherry BBQ Sauce Recipe
An easy homemade canned (or frozen) barbecue sauce made from a base of sweet cherries and sweetened only with honey, this smokey, flavorful sauce is great on any grilled meat, kabobs, and more. Also makes a great gift!
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 45 min
- Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Yield: 5 half pints 1x
- Category: Condiments
- Method: Canning
- Cuisine: American
- Wash and pit cherries; add them to a 6-quart stock pot. Chop onions and garlic and add them to the pot. Then add all remaining ingredients to the pot and stir together.
- Heat the mixture to boiling, covered, and reduce heat to medium-low and cook covered for 15 minutes.
- Remove lid and continue to cook over medium-low until reduced and thickened a bit, about 20-25 minutes.
- Blend until smooth with an immersion blender or regular blender (be careful when using a regular blender with hot food and do it in batches).
- Return to low heat and cook until as thick as desired, 10-15 minutes. TIP: keep a wooden spoon in the pot and set lid on top of pot to protect from the thick sauce spitting – the spoon helps keep the lid ajar so steam can escape and the sauce can thicken.
- Taste for spiciness and salt, adding more if needed. While thickening, prepare your boiling water canner, half-pint jars, lids, and rings. (Go here to read a full tutorial if needed.) OR, prepare your freezer containers.**
- Fill warm jars one at a time with sauce leaving a 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim, attach lid and ring and place in canner. Repeat with remaining jars and sauce. (Refrigerate any leftover sauce that doesn’t fill a jar completely.)
- Process for 15 minutes, remove lid, turn off the heat and let jars cool for 5 minutes in the canner. Remove the jars to a towel-lined surface to cool without moving for 24 hours.
- Remove rings, check seals by pulling gently with your fingers, label with contents and date, and store in a cool, dark place for 1 to 1 1/2 years.
*The smoke smell seems strong when cooking, but it mellows with time, so this measurement is good. You can always use less if you want, though.
**If freezing instead of canning, you’ll want to let the sauce cool before adding to your containers, labeling, and placing in the freezer. Frozen BBQ sauce will last 6 months to a year.
- Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
- Calories: 62
- Sugar: 5.4g
- Sodium: 186mg
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 15.3g
- Fiber: 0.3g
- Protein: 0.2g
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: cherries, cherry, BBQ sauce, barbecue sauce, homemade BBQ sauce, smokey cherry BBQ sauce, honey
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