Fresh Tomato Barbecue Sauce

Fresh Tomato Barbecue Sauce  begins it’s journey  starting  from garden  vine-ripe tomatoes and ends up saucing your favorite grilled barbecue.
Fresh Tomato Barbecue Sauce on grilled pork steaks

Fresh Tomato Barbecue Sauce

By Sue Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Fresh Tomato Barbecue Sauce is  my  recipe of  the day. I enjoy making  bbq sauce from scratch from various starting  points–> ketchup  to tomato sauce  all  the  way  down to  fresh ripe garden  tomatoes.

This is the ultimate  starting  point  when making a sauce and  can  use up those extra tomatoes you have  piling up.

The recipe itself makes one  quart jar  plus  one  pint jar. This is  only suitable for canning  using  pressure canning techniques (not water bath). But you can feel  free  to refrigerate or  freeze as you wish.
Fresh Tomato Barbecue Sauce

Fresh Tomato Barbecue Sauce

I  brushed this on some  pork steaks which I grilled up. They are a  favorite of mine  and are  something  we ate a  lot of  when we  lived around St. Louis.

You can just as  easily use this with anything  else you might use barbecue sauce for, from grilled chicken to ribs to pulled pork  sandwiches.

Fresh Tomato Barbecue Sauce

The flavors overall are brown sugar  and molasses,  which is  a  pretty middle of  the road  sauce for me.

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Fresh Tomato Barbecue Sauce

Fresh Tomato BBQ Sauce

Sue Lau
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Condiments, Pantry Staples
Cuisine American
Calories 2655 kcal


  • Food Processor


  • 5 pounds fresh ripe tomatoes (cored)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup light molasses
  • 1/2 cup Louisiana pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Saute the onion and garlic in oil to soften.
  • Add onion and garlic to tomatoes and puree (in batches if needed).
  • Place puree in a deep saucepan with remaining ingredients and stir.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer with a splatter screen, stirring occasionally, one hour or until thickened.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 2655kcalCarbohydrates: 591gProtein: 26gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gSodium: 6206mgPotassium: 11711mgFiber: 38gSugar: 535gVitamin A: 28382IUVitamin C: 416mgCalcium: 1260mgIron: 31mg
Keyword Homemade BBQ Sauce
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11 responses

  1. Thanks for the recipe Sue. I love BBQ sauce and have a lot of tomatoes to use from my garden. On the fresh tomatoes, do you quarter them and puree whole or do you blanch to remove skin and press out seeds?

    • No blanching. You won’t notice because the sauce is pureed and thick. Only chop if you need to fit them into your processor, but not necessary otherwise.

    • Thanks for mentioning that! I went back and checked my hard copy in my files and saw I accidentally left off both salt and black pepper. Typos do occasionally happen. But I am glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I made this recipe using my fresh garden tomatoes. I had three varieties-Rutger, Homestead and Golden Jubilee. I cut the middle core off but left skin and most of the seeds. I had 5 lbs of cut tomatoes. I only used 1 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup Louisiana sauce. I like sweeter sauce. It cooked nice and thick but a little chunky for me, so I smoothed it out with an immersion blender. It’s beautiful, thick, sweet and tangy. Oh, I added 1/2 stick of butter at the end because my dad always added fresh butter to his sauce, so to honor him. 😊 Perfect! Great recipe! Thanks! Now to barbecue some chicken!

    • Yes, it is supposed to be puréed. I use a stick blender but a blender or food processor also works.

  3. I added 1 Tbsp Garlic Salt, 1 Tbsp Cumin, an additional 1 Tbsp Chili powder, and 1 1/2 Tbsp Hickory Smoke Salt. Really perked it up!

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