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Apple BBQ Sauce for Canning

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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. 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!
  2. Hi, 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
    1. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. Is there a way to replace the tomatoes in this recipe for canning? It's tricky to find a bbq sauce recipe for a tomato allergy that I can can.

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