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Fresh Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

5 from 1 vote

Fresh Blueberries are the essential ingredient in this sweet and tangy Blueberry Barbecue Sauce. Brush it over meat, veggies and even fruit on the grill. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 123

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  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic, 1-1/2 teaspoons
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, 1 pint, washed and picked over
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch cayenne, optional***


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Then add the blueberries, water, honey and vinegar. Bring sauce to a boil. While boiling, add chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, molasses and Worcestershire sauce to the saucepan.
  • Continue to boil about 5 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool 5 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender, stand blender or food processor to blend the sauce until smooth.
  • Use immediately or store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


* To make this recipe, I used clover honey
**1/4 cup apple cider or red wine vinegar + 2 teaspoons white sugar can be substituted for the 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar for this recipe.
***We like our barbecue sauce pretty spicy, so I will add a pinch (or two) or cayenne to the sauce. If you like your sauce mild, then leave it out.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.75g | Protein: 0.89g | Fat: 0.99g | Saturated Fat: 0.58g | Sodium: 237.07mg | Potassium: 166.26mg | Fiber: 1.66g | Sugar: 25.22g | Vitamin A: 256.98IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 20.52mg | Iron: 0.83mg
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American

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