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Homemade Barbecue Sauce + Canning in Sauce Bottles with Lug Lids

Impress your friends with tasty homemade barbecue sauce, preserved in commercial sauce bottles and capped with one-piece lug lids. Enter here to win a case of the sauce bottles and a $50 store credit to Fillmore Container!

four finished jars of barbecue sauce

In the last few years, I’ve gone from being barbecue sauce ambivalent to being pretty into the stuff. A big part of my change in attitude stems from the fact that I make most of the barbecue sauce I consume these days. That means that I get to customize the flavor, sweetness, and heat and create something that I’m actually excited to paint on chicken or use as a braising medium for a meaty pork shoulder.

ten pounds of tomatoes

In the past, I’ve made barbecue sauce from peaches, cherries, and apple butter. This time, I’ve embraced the traditional approach and have made a version that starts with tomatoes. To maintain the classic theme, I’ve also preserved it in honest-to-goodness twelve ounce barbecue sauce jars from Fillmore Container (enter the giveaway for these jars and a $50 Fillmore Container store credit!).

Twelve ounce bbq sauce jars

Let’s talk about preserving in these bottles before digging into the making of the sauce. They are designed for commercial production, so they will give your sauce a professional look (which is particularly fun if you’re giving the sauce away as a gift or taking it to a food swap).

Sauce bottle and lug lid

These bottles come in two different versions. One uses lug lids, and the other uses a continuous thread (just like mason jars do). I typically opt to use the jars that take the lug lid closure because the lids have a button that depresses when the jar has sealed. I find that that makes it easier to tell whether you’ve gotten a good seal or not and I always appreciate that kind of clarity.

sauce bottles in the canning pot

You prep these bottles the same way you do mason jars. Wash them with warm, soapy water and then when your sauce is nearing completion, put them in a boiling water bath canner and bring them up to temperature. You also want to warm the lids you’ll be using, to ensure that the plastisol is ready to form a good seal. For more on canning with one-piece lug lids, read through this post.

narrow mouth adaptor for canning funnel

Once the jars are hot and the sauce is sufficiently cooked down, it’s time to fill. It can be tricky to fill these bottles because the opening is fairly narrow. I’ve solved that issue by using the wide-ish funnel from this set to adapt my regular stainless steel funnel to fit. It helps to get the sauce into the jars without splatter or mess.

sauce bottle filling station

I fill the jars to approximately 1/2 inch headspace, wipe the rims, and twist on the lug lids. At this point, you want to take care to twist the lids tightly enough to ensure that the plastisol comes into contact with the rim of the jar, but not so tightly that the air can’t vent during the boiling water bath. Then you process.

Because the jars are nearly 8 inches tall, it can be a bit of a trick to find a pot that’s tall enough to hold them fully submerged. Make sure to test the jars for size in your pot before you get everything set up.

six pounds of tomatoes in a colander

Now, to the sauce. As I was creating my recipe, I referenced a number of sources, including the National Center for Home Food Preservation, the Ball Blue Book, and the old Complete Book of Home Preserving. All three sources had nearly identical recipes, and so I used their work as a starting place.

I opted to leave out the peppers and celery, used a combination of brown sugar and molasses to sweeten, and upped the amount of vinegar a little to make a sauce that was a bit tangier.

barbecue sauce starting ingredients

Making a sauce like this is a multi-stage process, but the end result is worth the effort. First, you combine the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and jalapeno in a large pot and cook them down until totally soft. Once the onions are tender (because they’re the toughest to start with), push the vegetables through a food mill fit with its finest screen. This separates the fibrous solids from the sauce and makes for a better finished product.

finished barbecue sauce in the pot

Then you add the remaining ingredients and cook the sauce until it has reduced to a thickness that satisfies your sense of what barbecue sauce should be. At this point, I like to puree it with an immersion blender, to get rid of any clumps that formed during cooking.

filled sauce bottles

Then you funnel it into your bottles, cap them, and process for 20 minutes in a boiling water bath canner. When the processing time is up, you want to remove the bottles promptly. The seal is formed when the pressure changes thanks to the temperature differential and so you want to create a situation in which the pressure is strong so that they seal tightly and well.

Once the bottles are cool, they’re ready for labels and either the pantry or your gifting closet.

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Giveaway: BBQ Sauce Bottles & Store Credit from Fillmore Container

Twelve ounce bbq sauce jars

Happy Monday, friends! I’m doing something a little different with this week’s giveaway. Often, when I have a tutorial or recipe to share that’s part of a giveaway, I put it all together in the same post.

However, things can get a little tangled when people want to ask questions about the information I’m offering when leaving a comment is also how you enter the giveaway. So this week, I’m splitting them apart.

four finished jars of barbecue sauce

This is the giveaway post. You’ll use the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win a dozen of these nifty BBQ sauce jars and lids and the $50 Fillmore Container store credit. To learn how to use these jars and to get the barbecue sauce recipe, visit this post. This division of content will allow me to better answer any questions you guys may have about the jars and the recipe.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: Fillmore Container is a Food in Jars sponsor. Their sponsorship helps keep the site afloat. They provided the jars you see here and are providing the giveaway prize, both at no cost to me. All opinions expressed are entirely mine.

Preserve the Harvest Giveaway

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I don’t often post about giveaways that other sites are hosting, but this one is just too perfect for you all for me to skip it. Starting this week and continuing throughout the month of August, Countryside Magazine is hosting a series of four preserving-centric giveaways.

At the end of each week, a winner is chosen and the giveaway clock resets with a new collection of tools, supplies, and resources. Food in Jars sponsors Fillmore Container and Mason Jar Lifestyle are both participating, and Fillmore has included copies of my books in weeks one and three!

To learn more about the prizes from Fillmore Container, go here. To enter the first week of giveaways, head over to Countryside. Good luck, friends!

Disclosure: Fillmore Container and Mason Jar Lifestyle are both sponsors of this site. However, no one asked me to write this post. I just wanted to make sure that you guys heard about this awesome opportunity. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. 

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August Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, Mrs. Wages, Orchard Road, Punk Domestics, and Mason Jar Lifestyle

mrs wages freezer pectin

Welcome August! It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time to thank the companies that help make Food in Jars possible! Tell them you appreciate their support of my work with a purchase or a social follow!

Back in the top spot are our friends at Cuppow. They are the creator of the original mason jar travel mug topper and the BNTO, a small plastic cup that transforms a canning jar into a snack or lunch box. Parents and kids love their EIO set, with its grippy silicone sleeve and a lid that makes for easy sipping.

Lancaster, PA-based and family-owned Fillmore Container are next! They sell all manner of canning jars, lids, and other preservation gear (and recently, they added Mrs. Wages products to their line-up). This month, they’ve teamed up with Countryside Magazine to offer four weeks of canning-centric giveaways, so make sure to enter! I have two blog posts and giveaways featuring their products coming up this month, so stay tuned!

Our friends at Mrs. Wages are on the roster again this month. They make pectin, vinegar, and more canning mixes than I can count. Their website is an incredible preserving resource and I can’t say enough good things about their salsa mix. If you need a little help getting your produce into jars, remember to seek out their products!

Orchard Road makes mason jars, lids, and rings for home canners. Their jars are sold in packs of six and come in sturdy boxes that can be used for storage. Orchard Road’s physical distribution is limited, but their online store is open for business, so you can now order them straight from the source.

Looking for a culinary travel adventure? Don’t miss the Italian tours that Sean Timberlake from Punk Domestics leads. He’s currently booking a trip for the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It takes place October 6-12 and is not to be missed!

Mason Jar Lifestyle is a one-stop shopping site for all the jar lovers out there. They sell all manner of mason jar accessories and adaptors. If you’re in the market for lids, straws, and cozies to transform your mason jars into travel mugs, make sure to check them out!

If your company or small business is interested in becoming a sponsor, you can find more details here. I offer discounts for multiple month purchases and am always happy to work with your budget. Leave a comment on this post or drop me a note to learn more!

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July Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, Knives Ship Free, Mrs. Wages, and more!

three half pint jars

Happy July 1! It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time to thank the companies that help make Food in Jars possible! Tell them you appreciate their support of my work with a purchase or a social follow!

Back in the top spot are our friends at Cuppow. They are the creator of the original mason jar travel mug topper and the BNTO, a small plastic cup that transforms a canning jar into a snack or lunch box. Parents and kids love their EIO set, with its grippy silicone sleeve and a lid that makes for easy sipping.

Lancaster, PA-based and family-owned Fillmore Container are next! They sell all manner of canning jars, lids, and other preservation gear. Their blog has been in high gear for the canning season, with lots of recipes and round-ups to help you find your next preserving project. Check out this recipe for Savory Spiced-Mango Conserve and this post, all about using lavender in preserving.

New to the sponsorship rolls is Knives Ship Free. They sell all manner of knives, from blades designed for hunting and foraging, to the high end cutlery we all dream about having in our kitchens. And, if you’re looking for a deal, don’t miss their closeout page. Bargains abound!

Our friends at Mrs. Wages are on the roster again this month. They make pectin, vinegar, and more canning mixes than I can count. Their website is an incredible preserving resource and I can’t say enough good things about their salsa mix. I’ll have one more giveaway from them later in the summer, so stay tuned for that!

Looking for a culinary travel adventure? Don’t miss the Italian tours that Sean Timberlake from Punk Domestics leads. He’s currently booking a trip for the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It takes place October 6-12 and is not to be missed!

Mason Jar Lifestyle is a one-stop shopping site for all the jar lovers out there. They sell all manner of mason jar accessories and adaptors. If you’re in the market for lids, straws, and cozies to transform your mason jars into travel mugs, make sure to check them out!

If your company or small business is interested in becoming a sponsor, you can find more details here. I offer discounts for multiple month purchases and am always happy to work with your budget. Leave a comment on this post or drop me a note to learn more!

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June Sponsors: Cuppow, EcoJarz, Fillmore Container, Mrs. Wages, Mason Jar Lifestyle

A squat Atlas pint sized mason jar holding toasted almonds, closed with a cork stopper

We’re at the start of a new month and so it’s time to thank the people who help support this blog through sponsorship! Please do show them your love if you have a chance.

Back in the top spot are our friends at Cuppow. They are the creator of the original mason jar travel mug topper and the BNTO, a small plastic cup that transforms a canning jar into a snack or lunch box. Also among their products is the CoffeeSock Cold Brew Kit, which is the perfect way to keep cool as the summer heats up!

After some time away, our friends over at EcoJarz are back on the sponsorship rolls. They make an array of products designed to fit on top of mason jars, including a stainless steel shaker ball, a pour-over coffee kit called Dose, a set of grater and slicer lids, and stainless steel storage lids. I also love pairing their stainless steel bands with the Pickle Pipe from Masontops, because they don’t rust or corrode.

Lancaster, PA-based and family-owned Fillmore Container are next! They sell all manner of canning jars, lids, and other preservation gear. Right now, they’re offering 10% off all preserving tools if you use the code CANMORE. Oh, and their blog is such a good resource, and just yesterday, they posted news about the changing policies around steam canners.

Our friends at Mrs. Wages are also back. They make pectin, vinegar, and more canning mixes than I can count. Their website is an incredible preserving resource and I can’t say enough good things about their salsa mixSign up for their newsletter for monthly installments of canning goodness and keep your eyes peeled, as I’ll have a giveaway from them next week!

Mason Jar Lifestyle is a one-stop shopping site for all the jar lovers out there and they’re celebrating their first year of being in business this week with a giant sale. Now through June 8th, use the code BIRTHDAY20 for 20% off nearly everything in the shop. Additionally, the first 25 orders to use the sale code will also get a free wide mouth silicone drinking lid. I recommend using the sale code to get some of the cork stoppers. I just love them!

If your company or small business is interested in becoming a sponsor, you can find more details here. I offer discounts for multiple month purchases and am always happy to work with your budget. Leave a comment on this post or drop me a note to learn more!

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