Rhubarb Barbeque Sauce

This Victorian Barbeque sauce made with rhubarb is a delicious, fresh tasting sauce made with the earliest spring crop- rhubarb! Adding this fruity sauce to grilled meat is a sure staple on your dinner table! It’s the perfect condiment to freeze or can to enjoy when the rhubarb season is over.

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Essential Items to can or freeze rhubarb BBQ sauce

We find these kitchen items to be essential in addition to canning jars, lids and a stainless steel pot! If you are on a budget, any pot can easily become a canning pot with a towel or rack added to the bottom.

Ingredients for 8 pints

  • 16 cups chopped rhubarb (1 cup per stalk)
  • 7 cups brown sugar
  • 3 cups raisins
  • 1 cup chopped onion OR 4 T minced onion
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salt

We love Azure Standard’s spices! They are always so delicious and fresh.

How to make the sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel pan
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring often until mixture has thickened to look like a store bought BBQ sauce. It should take about 30 minutes
  3. Choose to freeze or can!

Freeze or canning the sauce

To can: This sauce can be preserved by canning if prepared as written. In a water bath canner, cover with water and process for 15 minutes. If you made adjustments to the ingredients, freeze instead!

To freeze: Ladle into 8 oz containers and allow to cool before freezing.

Ideas for using rhubarb BBQ sauce!

We love to smother our pork or chicken with this sauce!

No time to make this now? Freeze your rhubarb chopped in freezer bags and make this in winter! Rhubarb needs nothing special to be frozen!

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