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First try at BBQ Sauce Recipe - with fresh tomatoes


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Joined Sep 4, 2013
BBQ Sauce Recipe

I posted this initially to figure out what to do with some extra tomatoes from the garden this year.  Here's my recipe and I'm really happy how it turned out.


About 7 to 10 pounds of tomatoes (Not exactly sure how much they weighed, but I had about 5 quarts to start with)

2 cups chopped onions

3 cloves garlic (I'll go 5 next time)

Cut out the stems and any bad parts and quarter the tomatoes.  Add to a big pot along with the chopped onions and garlic.  Simmer for 30 minutes until the onions are translucent and soft.  

Use a strainer or sieve to remove all the stems, skins, seeds, etc.  You just want the pulp and the juice.

Add to the juice and pulp:

2 tsp coarse black pepper

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 T ground mustard

1 T paprika

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tsp Tabasco sauce

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 cup molasses

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

*** 2 T liquid smoke***

Simmer for about 4 hours or until it reaches the thickness you want.  

Once you reach the desired thickness and you're ready to can, add the 2 T liquid smoke.

Can in a water bath, fully submerged, for 30 minutes.

This recipe made just over 4 pints.

It was really interesting how the flavors changed throughout the 4 hours.  It started off pretty gross, but once it thickened, it had great sweetness and quite a bite from the cayenne.  Next time, I might cut back a little on the cayenne and Tabasco, but it really wasn't bad.

Simmering 30 min with tomatoes, onions and garlic

Getting the pulp and juice with the strainer

Cooking down 4 hours.  You can kinda see where I started

Final product.

I would think that if you wanted to use this as a starter, you could add various other ingredients like apples (maybe simmer along with the tomatoes) or mix in some root beer.  I would think some cherry chutney would mix in really well, too.  Of course, you could also add a little bourbon.

This was my first time, but I'm really pleased with the final result.  It's not smooth like store-bought.  This is the real thing and the tomato pulp really adds a nice texture.
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Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jun 13, 2012
Cool....I knew you would rock this!

Experiment and get going on the next batch!



Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Oct 31, 2012
This sounds great. I have a bunch of tomatoes I was going to freeze. I may give this a try.

Thanks for posting.


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