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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂