mason jar BBQ sauce ~ Fathers’ Day gift

While the kitchen is definitely my domain, without a doubt, Chris is the master of the grill in our house.  I simply do not have the patience to wait for coals, I flip everything over a thousand times and I can’t help myself from smooshing down burgers which is the kiss of death for a burger from what I hear.  So, one day while he was out carefully tending coals and dreaming of ribeyes, I decided to make homemade BBQ sauce.  In a mason jar.  No measuring cups needed!  And I’m pretty sure this would make an awesome Fathers’ Day gift!

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This is one of my favorites sauces straight from the pages of a 1970s Betty Crocker cookbook that my mom passed down to me.  It is tangy from the vinegar but still gets a touch of sweetness from the ketchup and brown sugar.  And the best part is, the mason jar has built in measurements right on the side so just add your ingredients and SHAKE!

Tangy homemade BBQ sauce made right in a mason jar - Fathers' Day gift at

mason jar BBQ sauce
adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook
Yield:  About 1 cup of sauce

1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Hot sauce to taste, optional

Measure the ketchup, vinegar and water in the mason jar – use the measuring lines on the side!  Then, add the other 6 (or 7 if you add hot sauce) ingredients and shake!  I added a stamped tag tied with jute and a circle of kraft paper on top of the jar lid for a more “manly” presentation.

Tangy homemade BBQ sauce made right in a mason jar - Fathers' Day gift at
There is not a whole lot of “manly stuff” on this blog, but here are 3 of my most manly posts:
Tangy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches – one of Chris’ favorite meals

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  1. Oh my this is such a neat idea! My husband would love it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a great idea for a Father’s Day gift!! I still love to use my Betty Crocker cookbook too!

  3. great idea! :-)

  4. I love this!! Totally making it for my dad to go with the personalized spatula I got him. :)

  5. Great idea!

  6. I love this! The recipe sounds great, and I love how it looks in a Mason jar. I would love for you to share this on my Sweet Tooth Tuesdays blog link party. It’s still going on for a few days.

  7. What an awesome and simple recipe! Definitely want to try this :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  8. This looks so good! I love how you just shake it. Betty Crocker recipes are the best! :)

  9. this sounds so east to make and so delish!!!

  10. Love this!! There’s a new Linking Party going on over at One Sharendipty Place and we’d love if you’d come on over and join us!! Here’s the Link:

  11. I think the older Betty Crocker cookbooks are the best! I’m saving this recipe and love how everything can be mixed in the same container. Found you at Ann Sutton’s Pinterest Blitz.

  12. I love the simplicity of this recipe! Can’t wait to try it! :) Found you on tatertots & jellow weekend wrap up :)

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  14. Yumm! That is a great idea. Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday! –Katie

  15. Yum! Love the sauce in a jar idea! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.


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