Canning BBQ Sauce - Sweet, Spicy or Smoky

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 10m
Ready In

Recipe: #18608

April 24, 2015

"This barbecue sauce recipe has 3 ways it can be adapted. You'll be able to easily customize this recipe to suit your taste. I use the recipe for 14 Spice Dry Rub Mix (link below) to season this sauce. With the spice mix on hand, it's a snap to make this barbecue sauce. The recipe for the 14 Spice Dry Rub Mix For Beef Chicken Or Pork is posted here #recipe18606 This sauce is excellent on barbecued ribs on the grill, but the skies the limit on what you decide to do with it! Whether making one sauce, all three, or inventing a few of your own, you'll see how fast and easy it is to make your own barbecue sauce that's better than anything you can buy in a bottle. Recipe Courtesy Of Monica Matheny of The Yummy Life Blog. Yields 2 1/2 cups"

Original is 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (4075.6 g)
  • Calories 4046
  • Total Fat - 42.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 8597.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 829.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 69.2 g
  • Sugars - 379.3 g
  • Protein - 86.4 g
  • Calcium - 2181.7 mg
  • Iron - 75.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 24.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 5.8 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Combine all ingredients in large saucepan. Stir well.

Step 2

Over medium heat, bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 60 minutes. Stir occasionally as it cooks.

Step 3

Store in refrigerator.

Step 4

Keeps for several weeks.


Step 5

Sweet and Tangy - Use the original recipe described above.

Step 6

Smoky - Add 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke per 1 cup of sauce.

Step 7

Spicy - Add 1/4-1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper per 1 cup of sauce (according to how much heat you want).

Step 8

Very spicy with a hint of smoke - For each 1 cup of sauce, add 1 teaspoon cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke.


Step 9

This recipe is suitable for water-process canning as long as you don't decrease the ratio of vinegar to other ingredients.

Step 10

Ladle hot sauce into hot jars leaving 1/4" head space.

Step 11

Process half and full pints, for 20 minutes, in boiling water canner.


No special items needed.

14 Reviews


We love this with the liquid smoke. Awesome on chicken thighs and pork ribs!


review by:
(19 Aug 2021)


We have enjoyed these BBQ Sauce recipes, and we have tried all three. I always keep some made up and in the fridge ready to go . MMMmm so good on chicken, chops, pulled pork and ribs!


review by:
(28 May 2021)


I had some 14 Spice Dry Rub Mix that I made some time ago and wanted to make this sauce for some ribs I had in the freezer, and I made this sauce using the smoky option. Oh so delish! Can't wait to try the other options too!


review by:
(6 Mar 2021)


I needed some bbq sauce for baked chicken and was all out, so I made this instead of going to the store. It is delicious and great on chicken. I added the liquid smoke and it made the chicken shine! Yummy!


(16 Jan 2021)


My dd made the sweet sauce and we loved it on ribs! I plan to keep this on hand in my fridge. So good!!


review by:
(5 Nov 2020)

Kooking Kathy

I like how you can take the recipe and change it up by just adding an ingredient. Simple and handy to have! I just used my regular rub of brown sugar, yellow mustard, honey, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder and it was perfect!


review by:
(13 Oct 2020)

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