Apple BBQ Sauce for Canning

Apple BBQ Sauce @

I am still canning all those apples we bought back a few months ago. Who knew life would be so crazy the last few months? I’ve hardly had more than one day a week (if that, some weeks) to work on the canning. Thankfully I only have about 5 bushels of apples left and seven pumpkins left that need preserving.

So, since we have enough apple sauce and apple butter to last us a few years, I was racking my brain trying to come up with a new recipe for the apples. I get bored easily.

This original recipe is what I came up with:

Apple BBQ Sauce

  • 8 cups applesauce
  • 6 cups brown sugar
  • 32 oz. tomato sauce (or two 15 oz. cans)
  • 1 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. black pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Mix all ingredients together in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil, simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until thickened. It smells wonderful!

Fill sterilized pint jars with the hot BBQ sauce, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Process 20 minutes in a hot water bath. Be sure to add five minutes for each 1000 feet elevation. I have to process mine for 25 minutes because we live at about 1600 feet.

Yield: 6 – 7 pints

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  1. 1

    Maria says

    Hi Melissa. Just recently joined your blog and I am enjoying the helpful resources you provide. I am looking forward to the apple bbq recipe and tea biscuits. I can’t wait to get started!

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    Abby says

    This BBQ sauce sounds so interesting… my husband has a throat issue so he has a real problem with most store bought sauces because of the heat, I was wondering if the cayenne could be left out and can I cut the chili powder in half ??
    Just found your site and love it…
    Really appreciate your help and advise

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      Hi Abby, you could definitely leave the cayenne pepper out… and you could certainly trying cutting the chili powder in half. I can’t guarantee the taste since I haven’t tried it. Let me know if you try it!

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    Tiffany says

    I made 1 batch last year of this bbq sauce to try. I used some and gave a jar or 2 to a few different neighbours. It is awesome! This year I’ve already made 7 batches with very little for myself (neighbours and family wanted their jars – not jar – jars!).

    Thank you so much for posting this wonderful creation! The only change is I add 3 tsp (1 tbsp) liquid smoke as I really like it. I still plan to make another batch or 2 to make sure I get through until next years apples on my tree!

    To anyone not sure if they should try this recipe – stop and just make it. I have said as long as I have an apple tree or access to apples, I will never buy bbq sauce again – this is the only one I will use! Just amazing!

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