This homemade BBQ sauce can be made when tomatoes are in season or it can be made from canned or store bought tomato paste. Keep in mind you may need a bit of tomato juice if the sauce is too thick for your liking.
Here is how you go about making homemade BBQ sauce with fresh tomatoes.
To make a really thick BBQ sauce you need to remove the tomato juice from the tomato paste. The easiest way to do this is to use a steamer juicer such as the Mehu-Liisa, although this is not the only way.
When the steamer is finished extracting the juice, bottle it and can it. This is tomato juice in its purest form. You can also squeeze the juice from the tomatoes, set the tomato pulp aside and can the juice.
The tomato pulp that is left in the top of the steamer juicer is what you want to use. If you removed the juice by hand, then you will still use the tomato pulp. You can remove the seeds or simply blend the mixture until it is smooth, whichever you prefer.
Begin by putting 20 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes into your steamer juicer or into a foley mill or chessecloth.
When the tomatoes are juiced, remove the pulp and put the pulp in a stainless steel sauce pan. Add:
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon hot pepper flakes
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon celery seed
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon salt
- 1 ½ tablespoon ground mace
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup of honey – optional, used to thicken the sauce
Stir well, bring to a boil and cook for thirty minutes. Taste it to see if you prefer to add other ingredients such as fresh ground black pepper.
When the sauce is the consistency of store bought sauce, ladle it into hot, sterilized pint canning jars. Wipe the jar rims, lid and band until fingertip tight. Place the cans in a cold pack canner and process for twenty minutes. Remove the lid, let the jars sit for five minutes, then remove and let cool.
When the jars are completely cooled, check to make sure they are sealed. If not, use immediately or put on a new lid and reseal.
Feel free to spice the BBQ sauce to your personal taste. The ingredients listed above are only a starting point. Homemade BBQ sauce is different in consistency than store bought. Using pure tomato paste will give you a thick sauce. To thin it down, add tomato juice.
When the BBQ sauce is opened, store the extra in the refrigerator.