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Homemade BBQ Sauce Question...

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Can it keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator, or should it be frozen?

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  1. I guess it depends upon what you put in it, but I make a ketchup/vinegar based one and keep it for months in the fridge...

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    1. re: King of Northern Blvd

      It is a tomato-based one, but it does have a bit of apple cider vinegar, dijon, and bourbon (but was reduced--so alcohol burned off).

    2. If there isn't any animal product (drippings or stock or anything like that) it will keep for two weeks. Also, the more vinegar in it, the longer it will keep.

      You'll definitely be fine for two weeks. The worst that will happen is that flavors may meld a little more than you'd want. But that will be minimal.

      1. I agree with the above - as long as it has vinegar in it 2 weeks sounds reasonable.


        1. The more sugar (Or molasses or honey, etc.) the better it will keep as well.


          1. It will keep for 2 weeks easy. You can also freeze it for a few months, and it thaws to good as new- better actually.

            1. I make BBQ sauce for presents every year, and was concerned about the "shelf" life. My base is prepared ketchup with about 10 additional ingredients, including vinegar and sugar. I contacted the UC Davis Extension program - and spoke with a doctor (Food sciences). He stated that in the fridge mine would keep indefinitely. It would also keep for a long time un-refrigerated. I have had some for 6 months or more (when I made a lot) in the fridge, and have had no problems.