Shelf Life of
BBQ Sauce

How Long Does Barbecue Sauce Last?

Shelf Life of Barbecue Sauce

How long does BBQ sauce last? The shelf life of BBQ sauce depends on the best-by date and how the BBQ sauce is stored. Most BBQ sauces contain tomato puree, vinegar, sugar, molasses and various other spices. So, considering those ingredients, does BBQ sauce go bad? Yes it does, but just how long does barbecue sauce last?

When properly stored, the shelf life of BBQ sauce past its best by date is approximately …

Unopened Pantry
Past Printed Date
Barbecue (Barbeque) Sauce lasts for 6-12 Months
Opened Refrigerator
Barbecue (Barbeque) Sauce lasts for 1 Year



Remember, BBQ sauce, like a lot of other condiments, usually has a best by date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use BBQ sauce to compliment your favorite meals or snacks even after the best by date has lapsed.

How to tell if barbecue sauce is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. The best way to tell if barbeque sauce has gone bad is to look at the color of the sauce. BBQ sauce will begin to look darker and get thicker over time. Generally, if the color of any food changes from it’s original state it’s usually been around too long and the flavor will have also changed. As with any sauce, if you see any mold on the sauce then throw away the entire container.

How to store BBQ sauce to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help BBQ sauce fresh longer by storing it in the refrigerator in it’s original container and returning it to the fridge after use. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long is BBQ sauce good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does BBQ sauce last? That depends.How long does meat last? In general, BBQ sauce will probably be one of the longest lasting ingredient in the dish, but lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish. So to find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our shelf life of BBQ sauce content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of BBQ sauce.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the BBQ sauce shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be used as a guideline and not replace your health care professional. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!