Sweet Tomato BBQ Sauce

Sweet Tomato BBQ SauceRecipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham


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.


Makes 3 (8-oz.) containers
Total time: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes


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


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.

PACKAGE IN: Square Swingtop 8.5-oz. Bottle ($2.28; specialtybottle.com)