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Sweet Tomato BBQ Sauce

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham


Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 30 mins
Yield Makes 3 (8-oz.) containers
Sweet Tomato BBQ Sauce is the perfect gift for the grillmasters on your list. This sweet-and-stick sauce makes  3 (8-ounce) containers, so keep one for yourself.


  • 1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Drain whole peeled plum tomatoes, and crush tomatoes. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 3 minutes. Add smashed garlic cloves, and sauté 1 minute. Stir sugar, cider vinegar, white vinegar, tomato paste, kosher salt, Worcestershire sauce, freshly ground black pepper, and crushed tomatoes into onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until color is deep red and most of liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat, and let mixture stand 15 minutes. Process mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Spoon into 3 (8-oz.) glass containers. Store barbecue sauce in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

  2. PACKAGE IN: Square Swingtop 5-oz. Bottle ($28;