Canning Cherry BBQ sauce, in its own right is delicious. Down right finger licking good. However, there’s something to be said about canning a smoked cherry chipotle BBQ sauce. Forget delicious, it is scrumdiddlyumptious! Not to mention, this recipe can be enjoyed throughout the year. This, my friends, is how we enjoy the harvest year round.
July introduces cherry season and BBQs, this is means summer has finally arrived!
We’re a bit of a snobby bunch when it comes to our BBQ sauce. Don’t judge. How could we not be since a large percentage of our summer meals are grilled? Because of this very reason we took to making and preserving our own sauce. Cherry BBQ sauce to be exact. Actually, it’s a smoked cherry chipotle BBQ sauce. And man, is it ever delicious!
Once you’ve lathered this cherry BBQ sauce onto pork ribs or chicken you’ll know why I sing its praise. It is truly that delicious. After all, what’s better than a finger licking, all over the face, get into my belly kind of wonderful?
With this in mind, the key to making this sauce perfect is selecting the right kind of cherries, making Bing cherries the only true option. In truth, they are easy to come across since they are readily available throughout the summer.
If you’re buying BBQ sauce at the market, stop. In other words, don’t purchase pre-made sauce, it’s simply a glorified ketchup. To clarify, nothing will compare to this cherry BBQ sauce.
This recipe is easy to make and it can be eaten right away or canned to enjoy throughout the year. Let me warn you though, nothing, absolutely nothing, is better than opening a jar for a winter grilling session. Na-thing.
One final warning, this sauce does have a slight kick to it. Slight. Not a big one, just a little one. It’s also tangy and sweet in flavor. Oh goodness, y’all are going to have to give this a try, and once you do you’ll quickly realize that it doesn’t disappoint!
Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce
As I mentioned, this recipe can easily be made to be consumed fresh. Though canning a large batch of cherry BBQ sauce is going to be the most convenient thing to do. Purchasing a large amount of cherries while they are on sale will allow you to preserve the harvest for a the fraction of the cost.
Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce
- 3 lbs Bing Cherries pitted and roughly cut
- 1 cup White Onion diced
- 2 cloves Fresh Garlic finely diced
- 1 cup Brown Sugar packed
- 1/4 cup Molasses
- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/3 cup Lemon Juice bottled
- 1 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder more for flavoring
- 3 tbsp Kosher or Pickling Salt optional
- 1/2 tsp Cheyenne Pepper more for flavoring
- 2 tsp Dry Mustard
- 2 tsp smoked paprika more for flavoring
- Pit fresh Bing cherries and roughly cut into smaller pieces.
- Dice white onions and fresh garlic cloves
- Using a non-reactive pot combine all ingredients. Allow to cook on medium-high heat for 20 minutes with the lid on, stir often to prevent scorching. Once done the cherries will be soft in texture.
- Using an immersion blender, puree the ingredients until a smooth texture is achieved.
- Continue to boil on low with the lid off until the mixture has reduced to half, or desired consistency has been met.
- Funnel completed chipotle BBQ sauce into pint size jars.
- Wipe rims, apply warmed lids and rims
- Process in a boiling water bath or steam canner for 15 minutes
- Remove jars from the canner and allow to cool for 12 hours. Once cooled check jars to ensure they have seal, any jars which have not sealed should be placed in the refrigerator and used quickly.
More Amazing Cherry Recipes
We are lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest, otherwise known as the land of amazing cherries. The cherries we consume, (actually, devour) comes from a group of Northwest Cherry Growers who strive to produce a fruit which is meaty and packed full of juicy flavor.
Because of this we’ve been able to preserve some pretty delicious foods:
- Cherry Salsa
- Brandied Cherries
- Cherry and Raspberry Cordial – alcohol included
- Easy to Make Cherry Juice with a Steam Juicer
- Delicious Chunky Cherry Jam
Of course I needed to add these other delicious cherry treats:
- Creamy Cherry Clafoutis
- Chocolate-Cherry Black Forest Cake
- Rhubarb Cherry Wine
- Fruit and Fire: Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce (not shelf stable)
Y’all, enjoy the recipe, and make sure to hide a few jars for the winter months! In all honestly, you will not regret it.
Find more of our family’s favorite preserving recipes in our new book, The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest. The guide is an easy to comprehend book regard the preserving foods using home methods, while providing you the confidence needed to properly store the harvest. Pick up your copy here!
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