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Smokey Sweet BBQ Sauce Is Just What You Need For Summer Grilling [Recipe]

If you like grilling in the summer this smokey sweet bbq sauce is just what you have been craving.

This tasty sauce will inspire family reunions and will have friends coming over all the time, so make sure you save some for later too.

Try This Smokey Sweet BBQ Sauce For The Best Summer Dishes

First, what do you need to make this sauce?

To prepare this smokey sweet bbq sauce you will need peeled tomatoes, onions, and garlic.

As for the seasoning, apple cider vinegar, bourbon, brown sugar, garlic powder, mustard powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili flakes, and salt.

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And for storing you should get your glass jars ready. It’s always best to prepare them before or during the cooking process.

Just simply set them in the boiling water canner or stockpot, and allow them to simmer until they are ready to be used.

Okay, and how do I make the sauce?

To start, put the tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a large stockpot and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for another 30 minutes, or watch until the vegetables are soft.

Then, puree the vegetables in a food processor or blender, and return to the pot. Add the remaining ingredients and boil over high heat.

You should allow the sauce to simmer for an additional 2 hours but stir it occasionally to prevent sticking.

After this, you are ready to put the sauce in the glass jars, but make sure not to let any bubbles form.

In the end, allow the jars to process for 20 minutes in the boiling water canner. This can prevent spoilage.

Finally, when they are cooled down, your jars are now ready to be stored. Feel free to pair it with ribs, chicken, or chorizo made in the grill or smoker.

Smokey Sweet BBQ Sauce

Recipe by Gillian Lightman


(480 ml or 16 oz) jars


  • 12 lb (5.4 kg) tomatoes, peeled, chopped

  • 3 cups (384 g) onion, chopped finely

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 1/2 cup (360 ml) apple cider vinegar

  • 2 cups (256 g) brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) bourbon

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp mustard powder

  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 2 tsp chili flakes

  • 2 tbsp salt


  • Using a large stockpot, mix tomatoes, garlic, and onion and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat then simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Once vegetables are soft, transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Put the tomato mixture back in the pot and add the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to boil over high heat, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until the liquid is thick and dark in color. Stir every now and then to prevent burning.
  • While sauce is cooking, prepare water-bath canner.
  • Simmer jars until ready for use.
  • Wash lids and rings with warm soapy water.
  • Transfer BBQ sauce into hot jars, ensure a half-inch headspace.
  • Remove any trapped air bubbles by running a spatula around the inside of jar.
  • Wipe jar rim with a clean damp cloth.
  • Apply lid and ring, adjust to fingertip-tight.
  • Process jars in water-bath canner for 20 minutes.
  • Once done, Turn heat off and let jars sit for 5 minutes to settle.
  • Remove jars and let them cool for 24 hours.
  • Test the seal on lids by pressing down on the center, the lid shouldn’t wiggle and must feel nice and solid.
  • Any unsealed jars must be placed in the fridge and consumed first.