This homemade barbecue sauce is made with raw tomatoes instead of ketchup. It is very, very good and quite easy to make.
If you would like to make your sauce with ketchup you can make this other one with apple juice as well. Both of these are equally good but this one is less sweet.
You need to be patient with this recipe and let it thicken and brown or it will resemble a tomato sauce so please don’t hurry it. This sauce can be preserved for up to six months in the proper jars. Simply follow the preserving jar instructions.
Here is what you are going to need for this flavorful and easy homemade barbecue sauce recipe:
Makes about four cups
5 cups chopped Roma tomatoes
1 large yellow onion, chopped
½ tablespoon red chili pepper flakes
½ tablespoon celery seeds
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup white vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon salt
¼ cup brown sugar
Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, red chili pepper flakes and celery seeds in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cool down and blend. Strain the tomatoes and onions back into the clean pot. Bring back to a boil and reduce by 1/4 th.
Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until sauce is thick.
You can preserve this sauce in preserving jars or cool down and refrigerate in a closed container. Enjoy!