Having BBQ sauce in your kitchen is a must. You can buy barbecue sauce from almost any grocery store, but homemade barbecue sauce is unsurpassed.
Keeping it fresh and preventing it from spoiling is important if you make a batch at home, but won’t use all of it before it spoils.
Can you freeze BBQ sauce? Of course you can! BBQ sauce can be frozen to keep it fresh and tasty for longer periods of time. You can store your BBQ sauce in airtight, freezer-safe containers by allowing it to cool to room temperature.
If you want to know how to freeze BBQ sauce, read on!
How To Freeze BBQ Sauce
The process of freezing barbecue sauce is pretty simple, but there are a few precautions to take if you want it to freeze properly and be safe when you need it.
Follow these steps to freeze BBQ sauce:
- Allow the BBQ sauce to cool to room temperature if you just made it at home.
- The barbecue sauce should be frozen once it is cooled.
- Partition the barbecue sauce if necessary. Do not freeze more than you will use in one container since the BBQ sauce cannot be refrozen once thawed.
- Clearly mark the date that the container will be frozen on the lid. You can also easily identify it in the freezer by labeling it with what’s inside, which would be BBQ sauce.
- If you plan to use the BBQ sauce soon, place it in the freezer and thaw it afterward.
What Containers Can I Use For Freezing Barbecue Sauce?
When freezing BBQ sauce, there are a few different containers to choose from. There are usually no real pros or cons when it comes to your kitchen, but here are some of the pros and cons for each option:
It is always a good idea to freeze foods in freezer bags. The sauces are affordable and can be frozen flat in the freezer, which saves space and facilitates storage.
Stacking frozen sauces together is even possible. Unfortunately, many of these bags cannot be reused.
You will have to remove the air from the bag before sealing the sauce in a freezer bag, so it can be challenging to pour the sauce into a bag.
You can use Mason jars to store sauces, but make sure that they are freezer-friendly.
In order to avoid an explosion in the freezer, give the mason jars an inch of space at the top. This will prevent the liquid from expanding and “exploding” at the top when it freezes.
Plastic Freezer Container
You can also use an airtight plastic freezer container. Sauce can be poured into these easily and be portioned out accordingly.
To ensure that the container is full, you should not fill it all the way to the top, just as you would with a mason jar.
How Long Can I Keep Barbecue Sauce In The Freezer?
BBQ sauce should be used within six months of freezing.
Using the sauce beyond this point will be fine, but the quality will degrade, and the texture or flavor will likely be less than you expected.
Keep track of the date of freezing by labeling the freezer container.
Once the BBQ sauce has defrosted, it can be kept for up to 4 days in the fridge.
Refreezing BBQ sauce (or heating it after reheating it once thawed) can cause bacteria to grow, leading to a decline in quality.
Let’s get into a few more questions on this topic now that we have covered how and what to consider when freezing BBQ sauce.
How do I store homemade barbecue sauce?
Whenever you make your own BBQ sauce, you need to store it in a mason jar once it has reached room temperature. A sealed container is another option.
As long as the sauce is stored this way, it can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
How long does bottled barbecue sauce last?
A store-bought bottle of BBQ sauce can stay fresh for up to nine months when kept in the fridge. The open bottles of BBQ sauce can be kept for up to 1 month in the pantry, but the fridge keeps it for much longer.
Can I use unopened barbecue sauce that has expired?
BBQ sauce can be eaten after 1 year of purchase if the cap has not been opened. However, you need to look for any signs of spoilage prior to eating it.