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Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Kristi Stone
This recipe was adapted to use with frozen fruit from the Sweet Cherry Barbecue Sauce recipe from Marisa at FoodinJars.com.
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Processing Time 15 mins
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 4 half pints


  • 3 pounds frozen cherries same amount for fresh cherries
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne


  • Combine all ingredients in a wide pot with a tight-fitting lid and stir to combine.
  • Place lidded pot on the stove over medium-high heat and cook for approximately 20 minutes, until the cherries are fully thawed and the onions are softened. For fresh cherries, cook 20 minutes until the cherries and onions have softened.
  • Continue to cook, with the lid off, for 5 minutes. If you are using fresh cherries, cook until the mixture has reduced by approximately half.
  • Remove pot from heat. Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture until smooth (you may have to tip the pan a little in order to do this without splashing). If you don’t have an immersion blender, scrape the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • If the sauce is nice and thick, it is done. If it’s still a little watery, return it to the heat and cook a bit longer. At this point, taste it and add more salt or pepper, if necessary.
  • When it’s finished, remove the pot from the stove and funnel the finished sauce into the prepared jars. Wipe rims, apply lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath canner for 15 minutes. (Check altitude chart below for adjustments.)


*You can find altitude chart here: https://www.whatismyelevation.com/
Water bath method adjustments:
for 1,001 – 3,000 altitude in feet, increase processing time 5 minutes
for 3,001 – 6,000 altitude in feet, increase processing time 10 minutes
for 6,001 – 8,000 altitude in feet, increase processing time 15 minutes
for 8,001 – 10,000 altitude in feet, increase processing time 20 minutes
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