Thursday, August 18, 2011

Canning - Chipotle apple BBQ sauce


There's no reason BBQ sauce has to be made from tomatoes alone, is there? Nah. I don't think so. This sauce is spicy and sweet and was made with apples from my backyard tree, which are in major abundance at the moment. I love that tree, and we'll be enjoying this sauce throughout the fall and winter months when her branches are bare.


Before making the sauce, I heat five pint/500 ml jars by boiling them in water then leaving them in the hot water until ready to be filled. I also boiled five sealing discs and ring bands in a small saucepan of water and left them in the hot water until ready to be used.

Here's how I made it:

6 lbs apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
2 cups onion, diced
1 156 ml (5.5 oz) can tomato paste
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup malt vinegar
2/3 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tsp creamed horseradish
1 tbsp + 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 1/2 cups water

I combined all the ingredients in a large stock pot and brought it to a boil. Then I lowered the heat to low and allowed it to simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring often. Using a ladle, I scooped the sauce in batches into the blender to puree it. I filled my jars with the sauce, leaving a half inch of room at the top. Each jar rim was then wiped with a clean cloth dipped in sterilized (boiled) water to help ensure a seal. I removed the sealing discs from the boiling water and secured them in place with the bands.


To process, the jars were lowered upright into the water bath canner a couple inches below the surface and boiled for 15 minutes. Once resting happily on the kitchen counter, all five of the hot jars went POP! Ooh, the satisfying sound of canning success!

I couldn't wait to try it, so I didn't. Mr. Feedbag grilled some gorgeous steaks with our new sauce for dinner. And it was gooood!


Look out, tomatoes! How do you like them apples?

What are you making with apples lately? Do you have your canning jars out yet? Ever had an unusual BBQ sauce you loved?

21 comments:

  1. Do you think I could make this sauce without canning it? I could adjust the quantities and have enough for 1-2 meals?

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  2. Sure you could. Even if you make a lot, it would store for months if you kept it in the fridge.

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  3. Again, you have made me sooo hungry. I might give this one a whirl, minus the canning because I'm still too chicken :p

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  4. ohmygoodness. i just drooled all over my computer. i want to make this so bad!!!!! amy this looks amazing!!!!

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  5. Just made a double batch of this. It's in the canner right now! Holy heck I'm a lightweight, it's spicy! But I love it!

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  6. Not to worry, Amber! It loses some of its kick as it cools. I'm a lightweight too :)

    I'm loving this BBQ sauce with breaded chicken lately.

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  7. What kind of apple tree do you have? Your apples are beautiful! thanks! Wendy ....sorry I keep having to post it using anonymous ...my google account will not pull up for some reason :)

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  8. Hi Wendy - I seriously wish I knew what kind of apples they are! The tree is decades old and has two types of apples (a second variety was grafted on at some point). I can't seem to identify them, but they are sweet and good for eating AND baking. The perfect apple, really!

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  9. Ooooh my god, I´m seriously going to try it

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  10. Wow - going to make this this week. Amazing!

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  11. jessicamurgo@gmail.comDecember 7, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    This sounds delicious! I'd like to try a cranberry-apple version. Any suggestions on how to adapt this recipe?

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  12. A handful of fresh/frozen cranberries would be lovely in this! The only adjustments I'd make might be a little less vinegar (because crans are so tart) and perhaps a touch more brown sugar. Your tastebuds will tell you what to do as you go :)

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  13. This looks awesome I have several friends on my FB page begging me to make them some and ship it. What other things do you can.

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  14. Hi Shaun36 - Sounds like a nice little side business there ;) I can lots of things, usually in small batches (5 or 6 pint jars at a time). One of my favourite things to can is chutney. You'll find some of my other canning recipes in my recipe index under 'canning': http://www.familyfeedbag.com/p/recipe-index.html

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    1. I was thinking the same thing :-)....all my Strawberry jam is gone I have to make some more...I will check out the Chutney's...thanks!!

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    2. Could I use pears instead of apples in this recipe? As you know, I have an abundance of pears coming my way :)

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    3. Sure, go for it! Let me know how it turns out :)

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  15. Delicious!!! You have some amazing recipes. Love your blog!! Thank-you. It is people with blogs like yours that inspire my home cooking. Cooking for my family makes me happy and has been a learning process and I love it! Thank-you

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I hope home cooking is always a learning process for me.

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  16. We just made this up. It makes the house smell so good but wow is it HOT! We're making another batch without the chipotle to even out the hotness!

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