Snag Jam (Smoked Tomato Relish)

A few years ago Son #1 did a school exchange to Australia and his Australian friend arrived with a gift for me of Snag Jam from Spoonfed Foods in New South Wales. Snags are what the Australians call sausages and this gorgeous smoked tomato relish really hits the spot with savoury dishes, cold meats and sandwiches. Big flavour.

Son #2 went the same way earlier this year and failed in his quest to bring some home. As they don’t distribute in the UK, I set about trying to replicate the tasty, sticky recipe but was thwarted by my lack of smoking device. Until, I recently discovered smoking bags from a BBQ retailer – you can buy similar from Amazon or specialist retailers. Simply pop the food in the sealed foil bag and cook for the desired time. The instructions said to cook vegetables for 20-30 minutes but I left the tomatoes for double that so that they really took on the flavour and broke down a bit. You can also get busy with fish and meat in the same way – the bags hold up to two medium chickens to give you an idea of size.

Snag Jam – Smoked Tomato Relish – makes approx 6 medium jars

1lb good quality, over ripe tomatoes, just ready to burst.

1 x tbsp Carotino or coconut oil

3 large cloves garlic

1 x large Spanish onion, finely chopped

2 thumbs worth fresh ginger, coarsely grated

3 tbsp chilli puree

150ml white wine vinegar

2 1/2 lbs preserving sugar

juice of 2 lemons

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp turmeric powder


Heat the oven to 400dg/200dg/Gas 6.

Pop the tomatoes into the smoker bag and place in a warmed baking dish into the oven for 40-50 minutes until fragrant and soft.

Thoroughly wash your jars, leaving them to sterilise in the warm oven ready for filling.

Place a saucer into your freezer compartment.

Meanwhile, heat the oil into your preserving pan and gently sweat the onions and garlic until your kitchen smells happy and they are translucent.

Prep all the remaining ingredients and add to the pan with your newly smoked tomatoes stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Turn the heat up to the boil for 3-5 minutes and then simmer for 15-20 minutes until the mixture thickens. Drop test the jam on the cold saucer – it is ready when the mixture wrinkles to the touch when left for a minute.

Cool slightly and decant into your warmed jars. Seal with a disc of greaseproof paper and store. Give as gifts to helpful neighbours for their cold cuts this Christmas and/or to save for sticky hot sausages in the New Year.


25 Comments Add yours

  1. Very interesting! My Mother-in-law does a lot of canning and would love this – I’ll have to pass it on!


  2. robin rue says:

    Your Snag Jam sounds awesome. I have never had anything like that before.


  3. momknowsbest15 says:

    This would taste great on a pizza or with fish. I need to make this.


  4. This sounds like something I would like. I have never heard of smoking bags. Will have to get some, I always like trying new things in the kitchen


  5. Never tried this and never heard of this method but I am super excited to give it a go!!!! It looks yum!


  6. I make tomato relish every year but have never tried it this way. I’d love to try your recipe because it sounds amazingly delicious.


  7. Ana De-Jesus says:

    I love smoked food so the notion of ‘snag jam’ with Quorn sounds rather good to me. Tasty x


  8. Oh my goodness, this sounds delicious. I haven’t ever heard of this.


  9. Claudia Krusch says:

    I have never tried Snag Jam before. It looks delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this weekend.


  10. Snag Jam looks so yummy and easy to make. I am excited to give this recipe a try.


  11. Eileen says:

    I loved the ingredient list. This snag jam is going to be a favorite in my house. I’m making some this weekend.


  12. Perfect, do let me know how you get on. It is delicious with all sorts of things x


  13. Elizabeth O. says:

    This is my first time hearing about the name, Snag Jam. I think it’s really lovely to have especially this summer when sandwiches are more popular because it doesn’t require you to cook and heat up the kitchen.


  14. I would love to try this! I don’t think I’ve had snag jam before. It does sound like the perfect addition to sandwiches, even salads.


  15. Hannah Marie says:

    Oh, this looks so good and delicious! I haven’t tried one before but I might want to try your recipe 🙂


  16. I haven’t heard about this but this is so Interesting for me, I will check this out and the name was so unique.


  17. Rosey says:

    I love that it has big flavor. And what a thoughtful gift!


  18. Coralie says:

    This looks delicious and not too hard to make. I know that my husband would love this!


  19. Mauie Flores says:

    First time to read about this. I bet they really taste great!


  20. I love tomatoes and I find this one so interesting. This looks so healthy and tempting and I would love to try cooking it at home.


    1. Hi Claire. If you age the means, smoke the tomatoes on a BBQ as it’ll give you a stronger flavour.
      Good luck!


  21. Wildish Jess says:

    Tomato relish? I didn’t know that was a thing. How cool, what do you put it on?


    1. Hey Jess – Sausages, cold cuts, BBQ food, sweetening on pizza toppings, you name it.


  22. Chrissy says:

    I have been chasing a recipe for Snag Jam for years. Thank you so much. I tried my hand at making the Spoonfed Foods Ham Jam last year and it was amazing. Cherries and ham, match made. But smoked tomatoes, onion and warm spices is going to out do the ham jam for sure.


    1. We absolutely love this – nothing to beat it on the side with some high meat content sausages. Let me know how you get on!


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