Monday, June 29, 2015

Texas Steak Sauce (Crock Pot Easy) - 52 Small Batch Canning Ideas and Grilling and BBQ Secrets

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OK, First an apology or at the least an explanation... I am filing this with my Small Batch Canning ideas, but in fact this is a LARGE Batch canning Idea.  This recipe made 11 (Yeap, Eleven) Pint size jars of sauce.  I do grill alot. I do make gifts of a jar of the sauce for anyone who compliments the concoction.  I made this much last year and ran out within a year.

Since I am storing this for up to a year, I did use a waterbath to seal the jars in a safe manor.  Not difficult at all.  In fact I do not own a dedicated "Canner".  I use a large tall pasta pot, being sure that the boiling eater covers the jars by at least an inch.  Works great!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

The sauce itself tastes similar to A-1 Steak Sauce just with a much higher kick of spice.  As with all recipes, you control the heat.  If you taste the sauce just before you transfer to canning jars and the sauce is too spicy, add some additional Brown Sugar.  If you want additional spice, add some extra Chili Powder, Minced Peppers or even Hot Pepper Flakes (Just be sure to mix well before separating into jars, love that hand wand mixer!).

The measurements given are meant to be easy "Dump" sizes.  Just open the cans.

The big can of sauce is the size that they sell at the big warehouse stores (I like Sam's Club, close to my house).  The Mandarin Oranges and Worcestershire Sauce measurements are also the size of the cans (bottle).

My total cost (I buy on sale, and watch for discounts when I can) was under $15.

11 Pints - Less than a buck and a quarter each!!!

OK... Here's what I did...

Texas Steak Sauce

  • 6 Pounds 9 Ounces (1 BIG CAN) Tomato Sauce
  • 12 Ounces Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Medium Onions, Fine DIce
  • 1 Full Head Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 28 Ounces (1 Big Can) Mandarin Oranges
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 1/2 Cup Chili Powder (To Taste)
  • 1/4 Cup Cumin
  • 4 TBS Corriander
  • 18 Ounces Tomato Paste
  • A Dozen Pint size (2 Cups) Canning Jars with lids
Cooking Directions
  1. This is a very simple DUMP Recipe... Just Dump everything into a LARGE Crock Pot (I needed to divide and use two crock pots, just a hair too much liquid).
  2. BUT First, Before adding the Mandarin Oranges, run them through a food processor to liquefy (or Blender or hand wand mixer).
  3. Once everything is in the crock pot(s), Set on Low and simmer for 8 hours, stirring every couple of hours.
  4. At the end of 8 hours, Using a hand wand mixer (or work in batches in a food processor or blender), blend until smooth.
  5. Now, it's time to can! PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
  6. LADLE hot sauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
  7. PROCESS jars in a boiling water canner for 20 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.
  8. Label each jar, store in cool dark place, use as needed and ENJOY!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my very favorite Growing list of  "52 Small Batch Canning Ideas"!!!

I love Canning! Love the idea of it, Love having my own Jellies, Pickled produce, Sauces, Chutneys... All those pint, half pint, 4 Ounce jars,,, Even big quart jars of Spaghetti Sauce Lined up in my basement storage shelves.  Small batch means I can usually finish a project in no more than an hour of hands on work and usually less.  Easy DIY Projects that last a month or more... Great ideas for first time canners!


I am also pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


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