Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

 Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

This Blueberry Barbecue Sauce is so much tastier than any store-bought bottled sauce you can buy!  And just think about all those antioxidants in the blueberries!  There’s very little prep and you basically just simmer all the ingredients on low for about 2 hours.  You’ll be left with about 2 cups of the tastiest barbecue sauce you ever put in your mouth and you’ll want to smear it on everythang!

Hey hey everyone!  How’s it going?  How was your weekend?  Do you guys watch Chef’s Table on Netflix?  They just released Season 2 and it is unreal.  I really enjoy that show anyway.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is basically a series showcasing various chefs and their restaurants, their stories and some amaaaazing food.  I swear, every time I watch that show I get so inspired and it puts me right in the mood to cook.  Ok, well I’m usually always in the mood to cook, always in the mood to eat, but even more so after watching this.  Some of the food, though, is like art.  You should totally check out this show.  And, if you’re looking for another good one there’s always Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain. He visits all sorts of places all over the world in addition to a food component to the show. By the way, have you read his book Kitchen Confidential?  I’m telling you, it’s an awesome read.  Really good.  Couldn’t put it down.  As you can probably tell, hubby and I watch a lot of food oriented things and are pretty food obsessed.  Do you guys have any show or book recommendations?  Always up for checking out something new, especially when it involves food 🙂

Speaking of food…when I made this Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, I used it on my spice rubbed ribs and finished them off with this sauce.  I feel a rib recipe will be forthcoming, especially since we are into grilling season now and who doesn’t love ribs?  This would also be awesome on chicken wings, a sandwich or stirred into some pulled pork.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

I added fresh cilantro steams to this sauce while it was simmering away and it just adds a nice little touch.  I was going to add the leaves after the 2 hour simmer time, but felt that it just looked too darn beautiful without it and the cilantro stems provided enough of the freshness flavour I was looking for – just a little kiss.  If you’re not a cilantro fan, feel free to substitute with parsley.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

I used frozen blueberries for this recipe as I have a lot on hand.  I  simmered everything in a heavy pot (a small dutch oven which is enameled cast iron) and  I would definitely recommend that when making this recipe.  It is important to stir every 20-30 minutes to ensure that the sauce doesn’t stick.  No one wants burnt sauce, do they?  After about 2 hours, carefully blitz with an immersion blender and let cool.  I didn’t blend completely smooth because I wanted a little bit of texture, but you can do what’s right for you.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

It’s so awesome to use ingredients in unexpected or non-traditional ways.   Like, making barbecue sauce with blueberries 😉  I love experimenting in the kitchen and, of course, it doesn’t always work out.  There are definitely  some duds.  But that’s how we learn, isn’t it?  I’ve been using our pressure cooker a lot more lately.  We have an electric one and it’s a pressure cooker and slow cooker in one (2 modes).  I remember growing up and my parents having an old-fashioned pressure cooker with the little knob on top of the cover that would shake like crazy as the food was cooking and the unit was letting off pressure.  It was always this thing where my brother and I could never go near it.  So, we were afraid of it. I mean, what if the top blew right off and went through the ceiling?  What if we got burnt from the steam?  All those noises.  From a child’s eyes or, er, imagination, we might have thought there was a monster or something in there.  Oh my.  Seriously, though, it was this thing.  Just don’t go near the pressure cooker.  Don’t.

So, when hubby and I bought our pressure cooker, it was with a bit of hesitation, especially on my part.  But now we have one and there’s no looking back.  I recently made black beans in there and guess what I threw in the pot with them?  That’s right.  This Blueberry Barbecue Sauce.  They turned out wonderfully and it was fun experimenting with ingredients.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

What ingredients have you used in unexpected ways?  I’d love to hear!  It’s always nice trying new things.  This upcoming grilling season is the perfect time to try this Blueberry Barbecue Sauce.  It’s an easy recipe, delicious and, like I said, there’s load of antioxidants in those blueberries…but, then again, there’s loads in wine too 😉  And I totally drink wine for the health benefits 😀  Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂


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Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
A very easy to make barbecue sauce using blueberries as the star ingredient! There's chili in there for a little heat and some cilantro steams for a subtle freshness. Perfect paired with your favourite bbq!
Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
cups, approximately
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
cups, approximately
Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
  1. In a pot (I used a small dutch oven), heat olive oil on medium low. Add garlic, shallot and chili peppers. Cook about 5 minutes.
  2. Add remainder of ingredients and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook about 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes.
  3. Carefully using an immersion blender, blitz sauce. I didn't puree a lot because I wanted some texture. Serve with your favourite bbq!
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53 thoughts on “Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

  1. Katie Crenshaw says:

    Dawn, I love a good barbecue sauce. This one looks AMAZING!!! A little sweet with some heat are my favorite combinations. My husband loves to make things on his Egg in the summer. I am going to surprise him with this. I will try it on some ribs and a pork tenderloin. I think it will be absolutely delish!!!! Thank you dear for the fabulous recipe!!! Have a great weekend!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Wow….thanks so much, Katie!! So happy you like it! I’ve always wanted to try one of those Eggs…they are supposed to be really good. This sauce would be awesome on ribs and pork tenderloin. That’s what we had the sauce on – ribs and it was excellent. And anything I can fit blueberries in is a winner in my books. Thanks for the sweet comments, girl. Have a great weekend too! xo

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yes! If you like ‘The Mind of a Chef’ then you’ll also enjoy ‘Chef’s Table’. Both are amazing! I’m with ya – anything sweet/savoury is right up my alley! Thanks so much, Kathleen 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Oh, I love The Great British Baking show, too, Megan! I couldn’t believe how these home cooks could bake like that. Unreal! Thanks so much for the comments, girl 🙂 Appreciate it!

  2. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says:

    Girlfriend, I totally get the fear of the pressure cooker! We have an old timey one like your parents have with that whole rocking thing happening on top and it scars the beejesus out of me. I never go near it! I am so not afraid of your delicious blueberry bbq sauce though! I would love this on some ribs!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Hahaha! I know, right?! What is it about that thing?? The sauce is wicked on ribs. Hope you get a chance to try soon, Rachelle 🙂 Thanks so much & have a great weekend, girl!

  3. Yum In Your Tum | Amanda says:

    This sauce looks amazing Dawn! What an interesting twist on BBQ sauce. I have never seen BBQ sauce made with blueberries before, but I cant wait to try it! and Chefs Table sounds like something I need to be watching, I love anything to do with food as well! 🙂 I have Netflix, but I am usually looking for cartoons for my son to watch. My weekend was pretty busy, because I am actually in the middle of moving back to Canada. Might not even be able to cook next week during the big move. But, I will be sure to save this delicious recipe to make when I return. YUMMY!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank-you!! If you love anything to do with food, even shows, then you will probably love this one! Moving back to Canada? That’s exciting. A bit colder, probably, than what you’re used to, though. Hope you get to try the recipe soon when you are all settled in 🙂 Good luck!

  4. Sarah says:

    Cool! I hadn’t heard about that show on Netflix- thanks for the recommendation. I am a Bourdain fan-girl so I appreciate the plug for him as well 😉 This recipe is just genius! Would have never thought to include blueberries in BBQ sauce but it seems so logical now that you’ve posted it…
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  5. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    I haven’t seen Chef’s table, but I do have it in my list on Netflix… guess I need to get on watching it huh? Our weekend was nice – perfect mix of work and play. Anyways, nothing beats homemade BBQ sauce, especially when you add fruit to the mix! LOVE that you added blueberries to yours, Dawn! I could slather this sauce on all the things.. including my face! 😉 Cheers, sweets! xoxo
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yes, you do! Hubby and I love it! Best to watch it with a nice glass of vino in hand and an empty belly ’cause you’re gonna wanna make something afterwards 🙂 Happy you like the recipe. Thanks for the sweet comment, Cheyanne! xo

  6. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    Oh my…. Two things: I can’t wait to watch Chef’s Table and I can’t wait to delight in this blueberry sauce! I’ve been eating a lot of my favorite little blue fruit lately and you’ve given us another fabulous use for the tiny health bombs! Thanks, dear!
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  7. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    This is great, I love fruit in BBQ sauces (as you know). The cilantro stem add is wonderful, I am just imagining the combo. Love your writing Dawn, always entertaining. Pressure cookers always intrigued my and I have a few different ones. One thing I could never figure out was why they never made one that was scorch proof, like with a teflon coating inside. BUT this last one I got, electric, too, Hot Pot pressure cooker is off the hook easy and is like 6 things in one. Yay for grilling season!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Kevin! I know 😉 It’s a lovely combo….hard to imagine not that long ago I didn’t like cilantro and now I try to put it in everything 😀 Appreciate the kind words about the writing, Kevin…that means a lot 🙂 The one I have has a teflon coating inside. Yours sounds wicked…6 things in 1? Talk about useful! And a double Yay from me for grilling season 😉 Bring it!!

  8. Tracy | Baking Mischief says:

    I *just* started season one of Chef’s Table last night and was in tears like 5 minutes in! The passion these people have for what they do is so lovely to watch! I can’t wait to watch the rest of the series.

    This sauce looks AMAZING! I would never have considered blueberries in bbq sauce, but now I so want to try it. And over ribs? Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I know, right? Sooooo good!! It only gets better 🙂

      Thank-you, Tracy!! You’re gonna love (at least I hope so 😉 ) Yeah, I put on ribs that were a little spicy and the combo worked perfectly. Now I want ribs, lol.

  9. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says:

    One of my favorite BBQ sauces from a place nearby in Asheville NC is a blueberry version so this sounds perfect for me! I’m all about calling this health food, too, and adding it to everything all summer long!! Pinned!
    Funny about the pressure cooker… I didn’t know one growing up but we have one and I’m definitely scared of it. I know I just need to get on with it, read the manual again and start cooking, but it seems intimidating even as an adult 😉
    Also, I need to tune into Chef’s Table – sounds like a good one! XO
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yay! And yay for calling it a health food 🙂 I agree! So many good things in blueberries, isn’t it? Thanks so much for the Pin too, Kathryn…much appreciated!

      I’m still not 100% over my fear of the pressure cooker, but getting more comfortable with it. Every time I use it, I’m always cautious that the cover is on properLy and all the buttons are in the right position 😀

      Chef’s Table is truly awesome. If you watch it, let me know what you think 🙂

      Have a great week, girl! xo

  10. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    I lllooooovvveeee condiments! Can’t wait to try this blueberry-barbecue-sauce!!!! and I have never heard of Chef’s Table on netflix! but sounds like I need to watch it! I love shows like that! and this BBQ sauce needs to happen at my next cookout for sure!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Me too, Alice! Condiments, garnishes, you name it….really makes a dish, doesn’t it? Yay! Happy you like this recipe 🙂 You would really enjoy Chef’s Table. Hubby and I could easily watch the entire season in one sitting, but we like to take our time and enjoy every episode. Kinda stretch it out. So good. Thanks for the sweet comment!

  11. David @ Spiced says:

    What a fun recipe, Dawn…and perfect for the summer! You’ve got summer berries in there to create a fun twist on a classic summer sauce. I need to try this…ASAP! And the cilantro stems? I like that! I’m guessing this would be an excellent sauce on all sorts of grilled summer dishes. Yum! P.S. I’m still scared of our pressure cooker, too. Hah!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks so much, David! The cilantro really does add a nice background freshness to the sauce. Glad you like the recipe 🙂 I must admit, I’m not fully over my fear of the pressure 😀 Have a great week!!

  12. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    I’ve never watched Chef’s Table before, but I need to check that out! This barbecue sauce looks AMAZING, Dawn! I’ve never heard of a blueberry kind before, so I’m intrigued. I love the ingredients in here and how fresh this sounds. I could put barbecue sauce on just about anything, so I know this would be perfect. Pinned, of course! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Oh, yes, you should definitely do that Gayle! I’m sure you would love it. Thanks so much! I love bbq sauce too, especially anything homemade. Hope you get a chance to try soon and thanks so much for the Pin, sweets 🙂 Have a lovely week too!

  13. Miriam - says:

    My mum had a pressure cooker and I have been terrified of it as a child 🙂 Never watched chef’s table but I love watching cooking shows. It is so relaxing and inspirational at the same time. Blueberries in a bbq sauce is an amazing idea. I have to admit I am not too experimental in the kitchen – I once tried basil in a dessert and that was beautiful.
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Good to know I’m not the only one, Miriam 😉 Hubby and I watch a lot of cooking shows. I think I never get tired of them! Basil in dessert sounds delicious!Thanks so much for the comment, girl! Have a great week 🙂

  14. Adina says:

    I have cooked blueberries in so many ways but never like this, I am keeping this in mind for the next season, we have a huge and wonderful blueberry field not far away from us. Concerning food related books I can always recommend Nigella Lawson’s “How To Eat”, I read that book almost as if it was a novel. 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Oh that would be wonderful to pick your own berries and then make this sauce 🙂 Thanks so much for the book recommendation; I’ll certainly have to check that one out…she’s great! Thanks for the comments, Adina. Have a great week!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Cooking is the BEST, isn’t it? I find it soooo relaxing!! Plus, then I get to eat all the goodies, lol, and that’s pretty great too 😉 Thanks so much, Mary Ann! Happy you like the recipe 🙂 I did have a lovely weekend! Hope you did too. xo

  15. Demeter | Beaming Baker says:

    Alright, let’s go ahead and exchange high-fives for sharing a constant state of being in the mood to cook and eat. Lol. I’ve never seen Chef’s Table before, but you certainly have me intrigued!
    Meanwhile, this blueberry barbecue sauce looks so, sooooo good!
    The top blowing off the pressure cooker: OMG!! I totally thought the same thing! I mean, it’s called a pressure cooker!! It’s not called a relaxing + safe cooker. Lol. Glad that you got one and overcame your childhood fears. And now, we all have this wonderful blueberry bbq sauce because of it. 🙂 Yay!! Hope you’re having an awesome Memorial Day Weekend, D. Pinning, of course! xo

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