Apple BBQ Sauce for Canning


This BBQ sauce is on the sweet side but full of apple flavor.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
7 pints


  • 8 cups applesauce

  • 6 cups brown sugar

  • 4 cups tomato sauce

  • 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar

  • 4 teaspoons salt

  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 7 1-pint canning jars with lids and rings


  1. Stir applesauce, brown sugar, tomato sauce, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, cinnamon, liquid smoke, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cloves together in a large pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until thickened, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

  2. Sterilize jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes.

  3. Pour sauce into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.

  4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 20 minutes.

  5. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

113 Calories
0g Fat
28g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 56
Calories 113
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 128mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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