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.

Julie Grimes
Recipe by Southern Living December 2013


Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

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10 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
Makes 3 (8-oz.) containers


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  • 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 5-oz. Bottle ($28; specialtybottle.com)