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OneHump
03-01-2011, 11:46 PM
If I open a jar of BBQ sauce, how long can I keep it in the fridge before I need to toss it?

For some reason I've been thinking that it's highly perishable, and have been chucking a lot of expensive sauce, but it would make more sense if it matched the longevity of something like ketchup.

Anyone know?

Groundhog66
03-01-2011, 11:49 PM
I think due to sugar content in some brands, it lasts a long time. How long do you keep them before tossing them?

OneHump
03-02-2011, 12:01 AM
Anywhere from 2 weeks to a month.

Groundhog66
03-02-2011, 12:05 AM
Either I have a really high tolerance for bacteria, or it lasts MUCH longer than that :confused: Seriously though, I have kept stuff around for months.

bbq lover
03-02-2011, 12:13 AM
same here easy over 2 months and still good

B-Lazy BBQ
03-02-2011, 01:31 AM
I use this site for all of my 'how long' questions.
http://www.stilltasty.com/
http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16454

Looks to be 4 months, opened and refrigerated.

bbq.tom
03-02-2011, 06:11 AM
I keep it until it either turns brown or starts growing stuff!!!

Actually, I use it up within about 3-4 months, so that I don't have that aforementioned problem.

Ashmont
03-02-2011, 06:53 AM
Were lucky here it only lasts two weeks tops with the three kids. High acid sauce like Blues Hog will last a lonnnnnng time again except when you have kids.

El Lobo
03-02-2011, 07:00 AM
I have to think that sauces with vinegar/sugar/salt are going to keep safe for a long time (months). I'm sure there's a boat load of preservatives in there too.

FWIW, Heinz ketchup is good for at least 12 months. So anything with that kind of base is probably in the same range.

Cook
03-02-2011, 07:07 AM
I used some homemade sauce the other day that's been refrigerated for a year. I do, however, use vinegar in all my sauces.

Wampus
03-02-2011, 07:10 AM
I also think there's a big difference between bought, bottled sauces and homemade versions. In fact, I'm sure of it.

Most recipes will tell you how long they'll keep in the fridge. Since there are no preservatives in homemade versions, they won't keep as long.

I'm not a big worrier about stuff like this. If I'm not sure, I'll literally taste it and if it tastes OK, it goes on the sammy!:rolleyes:


My wife just shakes her head.....:tsk:

smokeyw
03-02-2011, 07:31 AM
I am in North Carolina and we are very partial to vinegar based sauces. Vinegar is actually a great preservative. Most people around here don't even refrigerate their sauce if it will be used fairly soon. I refrigerate my sauces just to preserve the freshness as much as possible. I'm sure that they will keep for at least a year although mine get used before that.

J_Don
03-02-2011, 08:12 AM
I don't want to steal this post but on the same line, if I use a sauce and forget to refridgerate until the next day will the sauce still be good or should it be tossed. The sauce in question was Blues Hog and I certainly didn't want to waste it since it is mail order?

Groundhog66
03-02-2011, 08:25 AM
I don't want to steal this post but on the same line, if I use a sauce and forget to refridgerate until the next day will the sauce still be good or should it be tossed. The sauce in question was Blues Hog and I certainly didn't want to waste it since it is mail order?


I wouldn't have a problem putting it back in the fridge the next day, but I am not in the bacteria paranoid group either.

smokeyw
03-02-2011, 09:03 AM
Personally I would use it.

I don't want to steal this post but on the same line, if I use a sauce and forget to refridgerate until the next day will the sauce still be good or should it be tossed. The sauce in question was Blues Hog and I certainly didn't want to waste it since it is mail order?

dworl
03-02-2011, 09:04 AM
I don't want to steal this post but on the same line, if I use a sauce and forget to refridgerate until the next day will the sauce still be good or should it be tossed. The sauce in question was Blues Hog and I certainly didn't want to waste it since it is mail order?
The vinegar and salt protect against bacteria, should be fine to put back in fridge.

Smoothsmoke
03-02-2011, 09:57 AM
I've used BBQ sauce 7-8 months later no problems. :crazy:

deepsouth
03-02-2011, 10:04 AM
I've used BBQ sauce 7-8 months later no problems. :crazy:


i must be as well. i've used stuff months and months later.....

parrdist
03-02-2011, 10:06 AM
I've had sauce in fridge for a couple months with no problems. I have to say anyone that has a open bottle of sauce for much longer than that, is not a regular reader of this forum.

Groundhog66
03-02-2011, 10:09 AM
I have to say anyone that has a open bottle of sauce for much longer than that, is not a regular reader of this forum.

What would make you think that :confused:

antoant
03-02-2011, 10:16 AM
I don't want to steal this post but on the same line, if I use a sauce and forget to refridgerate until the next day will the sauce still be good or should it be tossed. The sauce in question was Blues Hog and I certainly didn't want to waste it since it is mail order?

It is not safe at all. I think it turns toxic if it stays out for more than 2-3 hours and you should not even smell it. But you are lucky cause I happen to be a trained disposer of such harmful substances. So please close the lead put it in a box and send it to me for disposal.

OneHump
03-02-2011, 11:54 AM
Thanks for all the great advice. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I had to tossing $10 bottles of sauce after a week or two. I have no idea what I thought it wouldn't keep.

Thanks again guys.

@SmokeyW - LOVE Carolina. I passed through NC last year on the way to SC to pay a visit to the Performance Driving Center in Greer. Amazing place, fantastic people.

Lotta pigs in Smithfield too.

OakPit
03-02-2011, 12:08 PM
The half-life of a Blues Hog isotope is somewhere near 1.73 million years. So I've heard anyways.

kcchiefdav
03-02-2011, 12:20 PM
I'm not a microbiologist anymore and I never worked in food, but I think it's fair to say that anything kept in a cold, low oxygen environment (such as a jar/bottle) will have visible contamination from mold or fungus long before any worries of serious bacterial contamination.

Ryan_289
03-02-2011, 05:02 PM
If it looks ok, smells ok, and tastes ok.......




Its ok:thumb:

Ill admit, im a taster.

Brian in Maine
03-02-2011, 05:09 PM
I raised a question about a 6 month old bottle of Blues Hog that I had, and some people answered that were still using a bottle they had opened more than a year earlier.

parrdist
03-02-2011, 05:15 PM
What I mean is that reg. reader of this forum,BBQ often enough that sauce is used long before it would have any chance to go bad.

Kack
03-02-2011, 05:40 PM
If it tastes ok, it goes on the sammich. I'm still alive so I guess this theory works...

Oldschoolbbq
03-02-2011, 07:15 PM
Onehump, I make a homemade sauce and can not keep enough of it made for my Family,they eat it on everything,even just a piece of bread,so the answer is...I don't know:rolleyes: