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Rhubarb Relish

Use this relish to complement lamb, ham—or just about any other meat. We especially like it on cold roast beef. —Mina Dyck, Boissevain, Manitoba
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 2 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 2-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a saucepan, combine all ingredients. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Cool; store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 191 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Barbara
    Aug 25, 2017

    I got this recipe from a woman who would be 105 by now.....she made this for many years. I got this recipe from her probably 20 years ago and never made it until a couple years ago. It is the same, except she had a double recipe with 2 pounds of brown sugar (I used 4 cups packed) which is plenty sweet. I am currently waiting to put this year's batch into jars but am making a note to cut back on the sugar a bit the next time. It takes WAY longer than 30 minutes to make. I get a good boil on it with lid on and then turn the heat to about a med. simmer with the lid off to reduce fluid enough to resemble relish and not stewed rhubarb. You will notice as it simmers that the clearer juice floats on top but you want that juice to mix in better than that. It will get firmer as it cools though. It does darken up, supposed to, with light brown sugar. I wouldn't use white sugar because you wouldn't get as rich a taste. Everyone really likes it a lot. It is nice with heavier meat like beef or pork.

  • Cherie
    Jul 29, 2017

    Quick and easy and great flavor!

  • kascott
    Apr 22, 2014

    I used white sugar and doubled the Rhubarb (folding the extra Rhubarb through at the very end). Gives it a pale colour and a lovely pink hue. Super stuff!

  • MurphyNJ
    Aug 10, 2013

    This relish was extremely good! I made half a recipe since only my husband and I would be eating it - made more than a cup. I used dark brown sugar but I think next time I will use light brown sugar. The relish was dark in color and I think it would have looked a bit more appetizing if it wasn't - maybe light brown sugar will help. I served it with pork last night and will try it on ham tonight.

  • noriespad
    Aug 18, 2012

    I used 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar for part of the vinegar called for and used 2 onions. It was a spread on crackers and with beef!

  • fishergal75
    Jun 5, 2011

    I've made this so many times I can't count. It goes with everything and my husband loves it even with Thanksgiving turkey. Try it with ham or pork or any poultry. My only suggestion would be to look at it after 30 minutes and you might want to let it simmer for a little longer until it gets to the consistency you like.

  • delimama
    Nov 27, 2010

    I've made this several's a fantastic favorite! Use this on a brat..WOW! My family will beg for more when the jar is empty.