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Sweet Tomato BBQ Sauce

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.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Makes 3 (8-oz.) containers
  • 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)


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