Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce Recipe | How to Can Homemade BBQ Sauce

Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce Recipe | How to Can Homemade BBQ Sauce

Today we will be going over How to Make a Sweet & Tangy Homemade BBQ Sauce! By taking fresh Roma Tomatoes and processing them to create a smooth tomato sauce. Then, with the addition of this combination of ingredients & seasonings, you end up with a Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce that is great to use for recipes or to have as a condiment! This BBQ Sauce is then water bath canned so that it can be added to your pantry shelf!

This Homemade Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce Recipe is gone over, step by step, In This Video On YouTube. Check it Out By Following The Link Below!

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Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce

Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce

The combination of flavors in this Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce recipe will give a flavorable sauce that isn't quite as spicy as my Bold & Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipe. The slow cooking of the sauce results in a Thick & Smooth Homemade BBQ Sauce created from your Tomato Harvest. This Sauce is great for dipping, adding to recipes and slathering over some grilled Chicken or Ribs!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Water Bath Canning Processing Time 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes


  • 5 Quarts of Tomato Sauce [12 Lbs or @ 45 Roma Tomatoes]
  • 1 1/2 Cups Onion (Finely Minced) [@ 2 Medium Onions]
  • 1 1/2 Cups Molasses
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cups White Vinegar (5% Acidity)
  • 1/2 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3 Tbl Mustard Powder
  • 3 Tbl Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Candied Jalapenos (Cowboy Candy) [4 Oz]
  • 1 Tbl Salt (Canning Salt)
  • Dash Liquid Smoke (Hickory Flavor)


  1. Wash & prepare Roma Tomatoes in a Food Mill/Sauce Master/KitchenAid Food Strainer in order to remove skins & seeds, making 5 quarts of Tomato Sauce. Place into Nesco Roaster Oven or cooking pot on stove.
  2. Prepare Onion and add to Roaster Oven/Pot, stir to combine.
  3. Now add the Molasses, Honey, Brown Sugar, Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce & Lemon Juice. Stirring all ingredients until well combined.
  4. Next add the seasonings: Black Pepper, Mustard Powder, Garlic Powder, Candied Jalapenos (Cowboy Candy), Salt & Liquid Smoke. Stirring all ingredients until well combined.
  5. Turn Roaster Oven to 350 Degrees or Stovetop Pot to Medium High heat. Bring tomato mixture to a boil and continue to cook for about 30 minutes.
  6. Then use an immersion blender to create a smooth sauce like texture to the BBQ Sauce.
  7. Adjust the temperature on the Roaster oven or stove top & continue to cook until desired thickness. Stir occasionally to prevent burning or scorching.
  8. The cooking time will vary based on your preference of Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce consistency. My preference, when using the Nesco Roaster Oven took 2 hours at 350 Degrees and 2 hours at 300 Degrees to reach desired thickness.
  9. Prior to the last 30 min of cooking, place a small amount of the Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce onto a dish and chill in the refrigerator to help determine the thickness of the sauce once cooled.
  10. Add the Homemade Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce to pint jars (or 1/2 pint jars), leaving a 1/2" headspace.
  11. Wipe rims of jars and place lid/ring on each jar, finger tightening the ring.
  12. Place jars into water bath canner for processing, making sure water covers the jars by an inch or two. The minimum processing time is 20 min; add time as necessary based on your altitude.
  13. Once processing is complete, let the jars sit in the water bath canner for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a towel/dish drying mat for 12-24 hours for cooling and sealing. Listen for the pings as they seal!
  14. After 12-24 hours, you can remove the rings, making sure the jars all sealed, label jars and place in a cool, dry place for storage. 50-70 degrees is optimal.
  15. If any jars did not seal, place them in the refrigerator for enjoying now!

You can play around with the cook time of the BBQ Sauce to your preference; like a Sweet BBQ Sauce that’s full of flavor? Cook as directed above. Like a spicier BBQ Sauce? Then try out some of my other BBQ Sauce Recipes for another take on this delicious sauce/condiment!

The slow cooking of the sauce results in a Thick & Smooth Homemade BBQ Sauce created from your Tomato Harvest. This Sauce is great for dipping, adding to Recipes & slathering over some grilled Chicken or Ribs!

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