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Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Blueberry BBQ Sauce! Transition those sweet spring berries into an accompaniment for savory summer grilling with this fruity barbecue sauce that works on chicken, ribs & pork!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 jar
Author: The Kitchen Prep


  • 1 pint blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 strips of lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 2 large garlic cloves grated
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  • Combine the blueberries, water, sugar and lemon zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer until reduced by about half, stopping to smash the berries every now and again, about 15-20 minutes. Until the sauce is reduced and has thickened slightly.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in another saucepan or in a medium pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened and translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in thyme, vinegar, hot sauce, and blueberry mixture and bring to a bubble, then reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for another 6-8 minutes until the mixture has thickened a bit. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  • Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend to desired consistency, or leave chunky if desired. (Be careful blending hot liquids.)
  • Pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to use.


  • Try a different herb such as basil for another flavor profile.
  • Add a boozy bite by mixing in 2 tablespoons of bourbon (off the heat.)
  • Experiment with sweeteners by using ½ cup brown or granulated sugar and ¼ cup maple syrup or honey. (Be careful with scorching; keep the heat low while on the stovetop.)
  • Use an entirely different fruit such as blackberries or raspberries for a totally different version!
Diet-Specific Substitutions
This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian.
  • Vegan: Use plant-based butter instead of regular.