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Apple Orchard Barbecue Sauce



  • 1 medium onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 4 cups pressed apple cider (not pasteurized apple juice)
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt or celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 (12 ounce) bottles chili sauce
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste (optional)


  1. Bring all ingredients to boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce is thickened and volume is halved.
  2. Pour hot sauce into two 1-pint sterilized jars. Seal with 2-piece sterilized lids. Water-bath process for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove with tongs. Cool.

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