barbecue relish

Barbecue Relish!

Barbecue Relish!

Is it barbecue weather where you are? Here it’s off and on, yesterday was drizzly all day, but today… well today is bright and sunny again! 🙂

Barbecue relish or barbecue sauce is one of those condiments which I love, but after reading the long list of ingredients and checking the sugar content, I most definitely don’t eat!  So, the best solution was to make my own! It was easy to make whilst the other food was cooking, and now I have a whole jar of lovely relish to spread over everything!

If you’ve never made your own sauce or relish before, please don’t think it’s complicated! This relish simply requires you to put everything in a pan and leave it to reduce and thicken. It will store in the fridge for several weeks and it is well worth the effort!

This barbecue relish is tangy, fruity, spicy and smoky… the perfect accompaniment to burgers, sausages, baked cauliflower, a cheese sandwich, mac & cheese or anything really that needs pepping up a bit!

I’m taking this over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday this week… no cohosts but instead a voting system which opens on Tuesday… if you’ve never been a cohost and fancy it get in touch with Angie as I’m sure she’d love to have you! 😀

5 from 2 votes
barbecue relish
Barbecue Relish
25 mins

Tangy, fruity, smoky barbecue relish. Free-From and Vegan.  Delicious on just about everything... except chocolate - maybe!

Course: Side Dish
Serves: 1 jar
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 20 large cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika use smoked paprika if you have it
  • pinch of salt we used Maldon sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  1. Score a cross on the bottom of each tomato then place in a saucepan.

  2. Cover in boiling water (just covering) and wait 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, pick up a tomato and peel the skin off (it should come away easily). Repeat with all the tomatoes. Turn the heat down.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir, gently squashing the tomatoes to release their juice. Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes (depending on the amount of water used).

  4. The relish should have reduced so you have a thick spoon-able sauce. Taste test and adjust seasoning as required.

  5. Allow to cool and spoon into a clean sterilised jar.

  6. Enjoy!
Tips & Storage
  • You can use any type of tomatoes for this, but we used cherry as they are sweeter (and they were growing in the garden)!
  • Keep refrigerated for up to a month.
  • Use as a sandwich spread, a nugget dip, a burger sauce, stir into some mixed vegetables, or even just eat it off the spoon (it's that good)!


  • Eva Gallon 14th June 2018 at 16:42

    Congrats on the new website! I’m intrigued by this liquid smoke, I’ve heard a lot about it but can’t say I’ve ever come across it. I do like smoky stuff though. Hope you’re well… Went into the loft earlier and wished I hadn’t: sooo much stuff I’d completely forgotten about?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 14th June 2018 at 23:12

      Eva ☺How are you? I missed you last week! I thought I’d lost you on the non-email list which comes with the new site! ? Liquid smoke is fantastic for giving smoky barbecue tastes to food but quite difficult to find- there’s a link to liquid smoke under ‘resources – sourcing ingredients’ ☺Oh my… Not the loft!!! What did you find? I went in ours this week and sorted recycling and rubbish!?

      • Eva 15th June 2018 at 16:12

        I really wouldn’t know where to begin with what I found?Also, I had left so many toiletries and cosmetics up there: I must’ve thought we’d be gone for a maximum of two years, not six lol. We couldn’t do a proper clearing out of go through all the boxes, etc, as we still have tenants there. Ideally, we wanted our house empty for a few weeks to go through all our stuff but the tenants aren’t ready to move out yet. Maybe this is just as well as if would be too overwhelming: it can all stay up there for another 6 years haha. I was pleasantly surprised some of the clothes I found still smelled like laundry powder. I also found a whole shopping bag full of opaque tights: random but there you go! I couldn’t deal with all the boxes of nick nacks and costume jewellery…never buying anything again lol. Take care☺x

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 15th June 2018 at 21:47

          ?Are you sure you weren’t in my loft! Sounds like what I found in mine (minus the rights?)!!! Do you have a date for moving again? Have you been brushing up on your German? x

  • Eva 15th June 2018 at 22:27

    Haha? I’m not putting too much pressure on myself about my German until I’m there, hopefully it will all come back to me…She says! All being well, we’re due to go out there in early July so not much longer, eek. Have a nice weekend x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 16th June 2018 at 19:20

      Oh… That’s so soon! We’re having a great weekend thank you – it’s Eid so we’re celebrating lots!?

  • Eva 17th June 2018 at 11:31

    Happy Eid☺

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 17th June 2018 at 21:54

      Thank you 😀 x

  • The Girl Next Door 18th June 2018 at 07:14

    Oh, yum! That relish looks and sounds absolutely gorgeous!
    What is liquid smoke? I haven’t ever heard of it before – I doubt it’s even available in India!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 18th June 2018 at 08:09

      Thank you☺It is so delicious. Liquid smoke is made in USA and is an all natural smoke flavour enhancer! It a blend of natural hickory smoke flavour, vinegar, molasses, water and salt. If you look on my website under resources – sourcing ingredients, you will see the one I use. It’s such a great thing if you can get hold of it- if not just use smoked paprika and adjust the quantities to your taste. Let me know if you make it!

  • Monika Dabrowski 20th June 2018 at 13:37

    This looks amazing and sounds easy to make! Have you changed your site’s layout? It looks good:) Happy FF

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 20th June 2018 at 15:47

      Thank you Monika 🙂 Yes, I ‘finally’ moved over to self-hosted (which may mean you need to resubscribe if you wish to keep receiving emails from me)! This relish is so delicious and I’ve discovered its a pretty good marinade too! Thanks for popping over to visit 🙂

  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 20th June 2018 at 15:00

    Love the sound of this, Laurena, especially since it uses homegrown tomatoes. I decided to plant fewer tomatoes this year, mostly just the unusual ones that you can’t get from the stores. Congratulations on the new self hosted site, woohoo! Let me know when you’re ready to cohost. I can actually use a second cohost this Friday.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 20th June 2018 at 15:52

      Thank you Angie – we’ve got self-set tomatoes which keep popping up everywhere! We have also set a few new ones including some black ones! This relish is so yummy – I’m sure you could find a use for it! 🙂 Finally I sorted the new site (don’t forget to update my links for co-hosting)! oh, and you might need to resubscribe if you want to keep receiving my emails! Regarding co-hosting – didn’t you receive my email?


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