Canning Cherry chipotle BBQ Sauce

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.

Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce - Preserving the Cherry Harvest with a Smoked Chipotle Flavor

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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?

Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce - Preserving the Cherry Harvest with a Smoked Chipotle Flavor

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.

Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce

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 - Preserving the Cherry Harvest with a Smoked Chipotle Flavor Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce – Ingredients
  • 3 pounds 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
Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce – Instructions

Over the Stove

  1. Pit fresh Bing cherries and roughly cut into smaller pieces
  2. Dice white onions and fresh garlic cloves
  3. Using a non-reactive pot combine all ingredients. Allow to cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes with lid on. Stir often to prevent scorching. Cherries should be soft in texture when done
  4. Using an immersion blender, puree the ingredients until smooth
  5. Continue to boil on low with the lid off until the mixture has reduced to half, or desired consistency has been met.

Canning

  1. Funnel completed BBQ sauce into pint size jars
  2. Wipe rims, apply warmed lids and rings
  3. Process in a hot water bath or steam canner for 15 minutes
  4. Remove jars from canner and allow to cool for 12 hours
  5. Once cooled, check that jars have vacuum sealed. Unsealed jars will need to be refrigerated and used as quickly as possible.
Printable Recipe – Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce

As mentioned, this recipe can be consumed fresh.  Though canning cherry BBQ sauce, especially a large batch, is the most convenient thing to do.  Purchasing a large amount of cherries in bulk will allow the harvest to be preserved for a the fraction of the cost.

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Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce - Preserving the Cherry Harvest with a Smoked Chipotle Flavor
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Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce

This cherry chipotle BBQ recipe is one that will be enjoyed throughout the year, even into long winter months. The recipe is delicious and can be used fresh or preserved using a hot water bath or steam canner. 
Keyword: canning cherry bbq sauce
Servings: 5 half pints

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Canning

  • Funnel completed BBQ sauce into pint size jars.
  • Wipe rims, apply warmed lids and rings
  • 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.

Notes

Full detailed information on how to utilize a hot water bath and steam canner can be found on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.
This is not a tested recipe pulled from the NCHFP site, but instead a canning recipe which falls into the guidelines of a safe item to be canned.

Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce - Preserving the Cherry Harvest with a Smoked Chipotle Flavor

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:

Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce - Preserving the Cherry Harvest with a Smoked Chipotle Flavor

In addition to the other recipes, try these delicious cherry treats:

Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce - Preserving the Cherry Harvest with a Smoked Chipotle Flavor

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Comments

  1. MUreen says

    5 stars
    OMG. Licked the spoon and the pot after putting up. Best BBQ sauce ever. Followed the recipe as written, except cut back on the salt because I ran out, and the store was out as well. Thank you.

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