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How long will homemade BBQ sauce last in the fridge?

JuniorBalloon Sep 27, 2011 11:04 AM

I have had store bought stuff in the fridge for close to a year. Will homemade sauce last as long in a sealed container?

Since it may depend on what it's made from here's my recipe.

1 cup blueberries

1 cup red wine

3 cloves garlic

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup stone ground mustard

1 tsp tomato paste



Ancho chili powder

Chipotle chili powder

Saute the onions and garlic. Add tomato paste. Add the blueberries cook for a few minutes. Add the wine. Cook down till it gets thick. Add vinegar, catsup and mustard and spices. Cook until it's done.



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    andieb Sep 27, 2011 11:18 AM

    I would have said no problem, until I saw blueberries-so now I'm not so sure. But I know you could freeze the remainder if the sauce without any issues. May be a nice treat in the dead of winter..

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    1. re: andieb
      andieb Sep 27, 2011 11:22 AM

      I am amending my answer, just found another BBQ recipe on line that used fresh blueberries, and it stated that it can be kept in the fridge for 2 weeks, or frozen..

      1. re: andieb
        JuniorBalloon Sep 27, 2011 11:24 AM

        Why do the blueberries make it more likely to spoil? Some of the store bought sauces have Pineapple. Freezing is a good suggestion.


        1. re: JuniorBalloon
          andieb Sep 27, 2011 11:26 AM

          I think that the difference is that they are processing the sauce, but I know nothing about canning. But that would be my guess. Now if you were to process it, my guess would be that would extend the shelf life..

          1. re: JuniorBalloon
            coll Sep 27, 2011 11:35 AM

            Blueberries are famous for fermenting rapidly. Maybe if you used dried it would help.

            1. re: coll
              JuniorBalloon Sep 27, 2011 12:02 PM

              I don't know if dried would give the same flavor, but would be worth a try. This stuff was kick ass good and I was sad to see it go. I have been thinking about learning some canning for whole tomatoes perhaps it's time I bite that bullet.


      2. inaplasticcup Sep 27, 2011 11:37 AM

        We've made BBQ sauce with strawberries, and it's lasted a couple of months in the fridge. I would simmer for at least 15 minutes or so after bringing it to a gentle boil, but as long as there's enough salt and acid in there, you should be fine for far longer than 2 weeks.

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        1. re: inaplasticcup
          coll Sep 27, 2011 11:46 AM

          Even though they're both berries, blueberries are weird.

          1. re: coll
            inaplasticcup Sep 27, 2011 11:49 AM

            You just made the blueberries very, very sad.

            1. re: inaplasticcup
              coll Sep 27, 2011 11:52 AM

              Ha, when someone tells me I'm weird, I take it as a compliment!

              1. re: coll
                inaplasticcup Sep 27, 2011 12:03 PM

                Me too, but somehow I imagine blueberries to be more... fragile.

                1. re: inaplasticcup
                  coll Sep 27, 2011 12:13 PM

                  My yard is overrun with them, they are as tough as they come.

            2. re: coll
              JuniorBalloon Sep 27, 2011 12:06 PM

              Do you have a link to their wierdness?


            3. re: inaplasticcup
              JuniorBalloon Sep 27, 2011 12:03 PM

              I actually think it simmered for over half an hour. I was thinking along the same lines as you that with the vinegar and salt it should last a good long time.


              1. re: JuniorBalloon
                coll Sep 27, 2011 12:13 PM

                If you simmer it to the point it's like jam, then it should last I would think. Especially if you put it in the jar while it's still hot and it seals itself. I'm just talking fresh blueberries.

            4. dave_c Sep 27, 2011 12:22 PM

              In an airtight container, easily a month. The only thing you really have to watch out for is mold.
              I wouldn't wouldn't worry about the blueberries since they've been cooked down until the sauce thickened (boiled off excess water).

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