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Summer Canning Recipes for BBQs and Picnics

27. June 2021

Summer is here. And that means it’s time for barbecues and picnics. BBQ, brats, burgers, and more! Oh yeah. But what takes any old BBQ up a notch? Home canned goodies instead of standard store bought fare! Replace your grocery store mustard and ketchup with homemade dijon or tomato jam. Top your burgers with tasty caramelized onion jam or pickled peppers. And ditch those sugar and preservative laden metal canned beans with home preserved baked beans in a jar.


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BBQ Sauces

BBQ Sauce can be zesty, spicy, or even fruity. What it doesn’t need to be is boring or laced with high fructose corn syrup. Make your own barbecue sauce using a traditional tomato base or get more creative with fruit. Most of these recipes are shelf-stable water bath methods while a few are refrigerator recipes.

Peach BBQ Sauce Canning Recipe

Peach BBQ Sauce is fantastic brushed on chicken, pork, or grilled vegetables at your next barbecue. You can also add it to cold pasta dishes or serve with cheese platters or sandwiches. Peaches make an ideal base for this sweet and zesty homemade condiment. Get the Peach BBQ Sauce recipe on our blog

Peach BBQ Sauce Canning Recipe |

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BBQ Spice Rub Mix

This BBQ Spice Rub is great for meat or grilled vegetables. Mix up a batch for your next grilling sesh or to give as Father's Day gifts. Get the recipe card and also some printable labels on our blog post.

BBQ Spice Rub Mix Recipe


Pressure Canning Raw Pork


While you may prefer to grill fresh meat for your barbecue, these canned meat recipes are handy for impromptu meals. Just grab a jar from your pantry, heat, and eat! Of course you can always freeze meat, but canned meat is ready to go. So you won’t have to worry about thawing your food in advance. Plus frozen meat can get buried in the freezer or freezer burnt. Canned pulled pork will be a quick and easy addition to your barbecue or picnic. Safety warning: You MUST use a pressure canner for all meat canning recipes. Don’t ever use a water bath canner using an old-fashioned recipe, unless you want to risk death by food poisoning, k?

Homesteader and prepper extraordinaire Jackie Clay explains how you can preserve all meats in jars including hamburger patties. The texture is different than grilled burgers and more akin to meatloaf. You can crack open a jar and toast the burgers with some sauce, diced onions or peppers, and slip onto a bun and eat like mini meatloaves.

Baked Beans

No summer barbecue is complete without baked beans. You might ask why bother canning beans. Well, it’s more cost-efficient to buy dried beans than store-bought cans. And there’s nothing more frustrating than wanting beans for a quick meal, but you didn’t soak them the night before. Having home canned beans on hand is a real convenience. You can preserve baked beans with BBQ sauce and pork or can beans plain and add to them after opening.


Fermented and Pickled Side Dishes

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Watermelon and Habanero Pickles

These Watermelon Pickles are wonderful served with a fruit and cheese platter or charcuterie board. They also pair well with grilled meats and roasts or straight from the jar. They are quite addictive! Added bonus: You use part of a food that normally goes to waste! Get the recipe on our blog.


Pickled Carrots and Veggies

Mix it up with your pickled carrots. You can try a variety of pickling spices or add sliced garlic too. Orange and rainbow carrots are great, but purple and black carrots are stunning in jars. Sometimes I’ll add one purple carrot to a jar of orange carrots to make a pinkish brine.


Canning Pickled Carrots


Who doesn’t love sauerkraut? My husband, that’s who! But he’s slowly coming around. Traditional fermented kraut is a bit too pungent for my hubby, but he’s pretty smitten with fruity kraut. You can experiment with green and purple cabbage and add different vegetables and fruit to the mix. Splurge and use Himalayan Pink sea salt for some of the best tasting kraut. You’re welcome! And your tummy will thank you too because fermented veggies are your gut’s best friend. Read more about getting started with Facto-Fermentation on Practical Self Reliance. And once you’ve mastered basic kraut, try your hand at fermented carrots.


Fermented Sauerkraut with fruit |

From left to right, traditional, Apple Carrot, & Red Cabbage Blueberry Apple Sauerkrauts. All recipes are from RawRutes.


Pickled Green Tomatoes

Pickled Green Tomato Recipes |

There are many recipes for pickled green tomatoes. You can switch up the type of vinegar you use and adjust spices to make them spicy, tangy, or traditional dilly. Mustard seeds, red pepper flakes, dill, and garlic are one of my favorite ways to pickle green tomatoes. I also enjoy pickling some with sugar, turmeric, mustard and celery seeds that are sweet instead of tart. Whichever way you choose to pickle them, they make an excellent side dish for summer picnics and barbecues. Substitute dill pickles on your burgers with pickled green tomatoes for an upgrade.


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Crispy Dill Pickles

Learn how to can crispier dill pickles! This summer canning recipe uses a pickling process that uses “low-temperature pasteurization” which helps produce a crisper pickle. There’s nothin’ fun about soggy pickles, after all. Get the recipe on our blog.


Pickled Green Beans "Dilly Beans"

Pickled green beans canning recipe |

Pickled green beans, aka “Dilly Beans” make for one snappy “pickle.” They’re great as a side or cut up into potato or egg salad. You can make them spicy or use a traditional dill recipe.


Dandelion Capers

Pickled Dandelion Capers |

Dandelion Bud Pickles (sometimes referred to as Capers) are a bit of work for a small yield, but worth trying. You need to pick the small round and firm buds, avoid the larger oblong ones that are about to bloom. Then you need to remove the green sepals from the base because those are bitter. You can pickle the buds with your favorite brine and seasonings. I like to use white vinegar, turmeric, sugar, mustard and celery seed. Dandelion Capers taste about like anything else I pickle with this brine. They are sweet, but obviously have a different texture than veggie pickles. There is only a slight twinge of bitterness to some of the larger buds. Next time you harvest your early spring greens, pinch out all the small buds to make these capers. It takes a bit of work to accumulate just a cup of these.

How to Make Dandelion Capers Pickles |

Another good way to know if the dandelion flower bud is past it's prime to pickle is by feeling it. The small hard ones are best to pickle. If the bud feels a little smooshy and looks like it will soon split open and bloom, it's too large to pickle. Of course you can try to pickle the larger buds if you wish, just know that they will be a bit bitter.

 Green Tomato Relish Canning Recipe |

Condiments, Relish, Chutney, and Salsa

Upgrade your burger experience with homemade mustard, ketchup, and relish. Sure, plastic bottles from the store are very convenient, but they’re also plastic bottles filled with sometimes questionable ingredients. Homemade ketchup is a bit of endeavor since it takes so many tomatoes to make a small amount. But if you have a bumper crop of tomatoes from your garden, why not give it a shot at least once?

 Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam canning recipe |

Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam

If you want a really fantastic burger condiment, add some jam to it! JAM on a bun, what??? Not just any jam, Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam. I know what you’re thinking… that sounds weird and maybe a little gross. And what they heck would I even put onion jam on? That’s what I thought when I first heard of it. But it turns out it’s fantastic on burgers, grilled pork chops, or even used as a marinade for chicken or veggies. Give it a try and see if you like it.


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Sloppy Joe Sauces

My husband cannot eat anything with corn or corn byproducts in it (along with a dozen other foods). That’s not an easy feat, so most convenience foods are on our NO NO list. Sloppy Joe’s are one of our favorite foods, but most store sauces have high fructose corn syrup in them. I found that it’s really quite easy to make your own sauce. I can the sauce in smaller jars so we can have individual servings for fast meals.


Tomato Jam canning recipes |

Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam is one of those condiments that you either love, hate, or are completely unsure about. You can add me to the latter category. I have tried both sweet and savory tomato jam recipes. I would not declare myself a devoted lover of this condiment, I’m just confused by it! I have heard canners describe it as “adult ketchup” which seems fitting because it always seems like a froofy recipe addition to me. You can add it to fancy cheese platters, grilled cheese sandwiches, or gourmet burgers. If you are expecting this to taste like ketchup, it does not. At least the 50 different tomato jam recipes I’ve tried do not taste like ketchup. Here are a few worth trying.


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Home Canning Jam, Jelly, and Pie Filling |

Jam, Jelly, and Pie Filling

Fruit cobblers and red, white, and blue pies are fan favorite picnic desserts. But why not preserve something a little more unique, like watermelon or dandelion jelly? Or can up a classic beverage into jelly. Root Beer Jelly, anyone?


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Our Custom Apothecary Strawberry labels print with YOUR custom text making them great for any strawberry recipe. Browse our Apothecary Canning Label Collection for matching labels.


Strawberry Jam using Natural Pectin

This Strawberry Jam recipe uses slightly less sugar than standard recipes. Plus it uses tart apples and lemon for the pectin instead of using regular store bought pectin. It’s a little more involved than regular jam recipes, but the results are amazing. You may never want to go back to regular pectin again. Add this jam to whipped desserts, cheesecake, or thumbprint cookies for a sweet summer picnic dessert. Get the recipe on our blog.


Summer Canning Recipes for BBQs and Picnics |

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Marilyn Banlowe on August 18, 2021


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