Apple Orchard Barbecue Sauce


1 medium onion, grated or finely chopped
4 cups pressed apple cider (not pasteurized apple juice)
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon whole mustard seed
1 teaspoon celery salt or celery seed
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
2 (12 oz.) bottles chili sauce
Hot pepper sauce, to taste (optional)


  1. Bring all ingredients to boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce is thickened and volume is halved. Pour hot sauce into two 1-pint sterilized jars. Seal with 2-piece sterilized lids. Water-bath process for 10 minutes. Remove with tongs. Cool.

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