SB Barbecue SauceSB Barbecue SauceSB Barbecue Sauce

For my canning portion of Sunday I was working on a recipe for a clone of Bush’s baked beans for a few canners that had asked. Using a recipe from Renee a good friend on FB I started my sauce while my beans were cooking. As I added the ingredients and waited for it to slowly cook I grabbed my small can of Bush’s beans that I purchased at the store for comparison. First, I have never had these kind of beans and second, not so tasty. Now I know why I didn’t try them in the first place. “Jay” the dog from the commercial can keep the secret recipe, but for the sake of all my FB friends I pressed on.

The flavor of the sauce was sweeter than the one in the can and I had not added the molasses that Renee’s recipe called for yet. I realized that the addition of the molasses would make it sweeter. I stopped and decided to leave the beans for some other project and fix the sauce into a bbq sauce by adding a bit more mustard powder and the finishing touch of adding clear jel to thicken the recipe. I didn’t want to waste all the ingredients but in the end it was amazing. Thank you Renee for the inspiration.

SB Barbecue Sauce

Good spices, excellent thickness, and has great flavor.
1 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 d 2 hrs
Total Time 1 d 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 30


  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups tomato sauce (home canned)*
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1+3 cup+T. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2+1/2 T.+t. mustard powder
  • 1 t. kosher salt
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup clear jel + 1/2 cup water
  • bottled lemon juice



  • Prepare 6 half pint jars, lids, and rings. Sterilize the jars and keep them inthe hot water till it’s time for processing.


  • In an enameled dutch oven or a stainlesssteel pot add 2 cups water, tomato sauce, onion, brown sugar, mustard powder,salt, pepper, vinegar and garlic powder.
  • Cook the sauce on medium high heatuntil the recipe boil then lower the heat to a slow simmer, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In a separate bowlmix the clear jel with 1/2 cup of water till the clear jel is completely mixed.Bring the sauce up to a low boil again and slowly while stirring add the clear jelto the sauce.
  • Continue to cook at a boil for two minutes. The consistency ofthe sauce should now be thicker. Turn off the heat and fill your jars.

Filling the jars:

  • On a dishtowel placeyour hot jars in a semi circle leaving room for your pot that has your Barbacuerecipe.
  • Using your funnel in each jarladle the mixture into the jars leaving 1/2” headspace.  Add to each jar 1 tablespoon bottled lemonjuice. Remove air bubbles using your plastic spatula and refill to the properheadspace if necessary.
  • Taking a clean papertowel wet it with warm water andwipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere witha good seal.
  • Using your magic wand to extract the lids from the hot water andplace them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of thejars and turn to seal just "finger tight". 


  • Makesure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the waterbath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Addhot water to the canner if it doesn't measure up.
  • Cover the pot and turn up theheat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the waterhas come to a boil start your timer for 20 minutes.
  • When complete turn off theheat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes. Removethe jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sitovernight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.


  • Sometime in the next hour your jars will be making a "pinging" or"popping" noise. That is the glass cooling and the reaction of thelids being sucked into the jar for proper sealing. Some recipes may takeovernight to seal. Check your lids and reprocess any jars that did not seal.
  • *If you don't have home canned store bought will work just make sure that you check the ingredients.  Some brands use corn syrup to thicken and you want to avoid those brands which will make this sauce even sweeter.
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