Whether you are purchasing peaches from the store or using your peach harvest, you may not have thought of making something savory with them. After you’ve made your jam, fruit leather, and wine, make sure to save a few lbs to make peach bbq sauce!
Barbecue is some of the best food on earth, thank God it’s so easy to do! Todd and I ran across this recipe when we were trying to figure out what to do with our peach harvest.
It was a small harvest, so we wanted to make sure that we made something with it that we could both enjoy. Oddly, we both blurted out something akin to, “How about BBQ sauce?” and it was decided.
Peach BBQ Sauce is GREAT on Chicken and Pork
When I want something bbq-ey and delicious, I usually grab chicken or pork. Both meats somehow highlight the wonderful fruity flavor without making it feel like you’ve got dessert dumped on your dinner!
But seriously, my very favorite way to use this peach bbq sauce is blended and brushed onto chicken drumsticks and baked. I could eat a thousand of them. (But yes, I know I shouldn’t. Sadly.) Ribs are also a delicious way to enjoy this sauce!
Here is the list of the basic items you would need to can a batch of jam. I am adding a water bath canner to this list just in case you aren’t yet ready for pressure canning and don’t want to spend the extra money for one at this time.
- water bath canner
- 8 oz. mason jars
- lids and rings to fit jars
- jar lifter
- lid lifter and bubble remover
- headspace tool
- canning funnel for regular or wide mouth jars
- kitchen timer
- clean kitchen towels (I love these flour sack towels, but any clean kitchen towels will do)
The Peach BBQ Sauce Recipe
This post is going to assume that you understand the basics of water bath canning, but if you are doing this for the first time, or are not quite sure you have the basics down, you can refer to my post, “How to Can Food for Beginners”. It’s a fantastic article that takes you step-by-step through both canning processes. This time you will only need the information under the headings of Steps Before Processing, Water Bath Processing, and Steps After Processing.
Zesty Peach BBQ Sauce
- 8 (8 oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
- 6 cups finely chopped pitted peeled peaches about 3 lb or 9 medium
- 1 cup finely chopped seeded red bell pepper about 1 large
- 1 cup finely chopped onion about 1 large
- 3 Tbsp finely chopped garlic about 14 cloves
- 1-1/4 cups honey
- 3/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp hot pepper flakes
- 2 tsp dry mustard
- 2 tsp salt
- PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
- COMBINE all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens to the consistency of a thin commercial barbeque sauce, about 25 minutes.
- LADLE hot sauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
- PROCESS in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.