Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce! Give this easy homemade sweet and tangy sauce a try. Baste on all your favorite foods; shrimp, pork, beef or poultry!
After eating my way through this luscious blueberry sauce I thought it was time to try making something a little different. When I start pulling out ingredients to pair with blueberries I automatically think of sweet dishes. That darn sweet tooth of mine steers me toward the sugar before anything savory.
Well, I’ve stepped out of the norm and made this barbecue sauce with blueberries, jalapeños, onion and bourbon! What a tasty sweet and tangy combination for all your grilled foods!
Not only is this perfect timing for all your summer grilling activities, but this also makes a great Father’s Day gift! I know several dads that would love to grill up some tasty wings with a homemade sauce made specially for them!
Oh, and don’t forget that there is bourbon in this sauce. The alcohol is actually evaporated away, but they don’t need to know that. They’ll just taste the delicious flavor!
This recipe makes about two cups, so you can divide the sauce up to share the love with your lucky padre, pops, old man, daddy or what ever you call the men you celebrate Father’s Day with!
Or stash this in the refrigerator and use the next time you grill ribs, pork or chicken!
Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup red onion diced
- 4 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 jalapeño seeds and white membrane removed for less heat
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- In a medium saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until fragrant and soft. Stir in garlic and jalapeño and cook for about 1 minute. Add bourbon and turn up the heat bringing the mix to a boil. Cook until the bourbon has evaporated (about 4-5 minutes). Stir in blueberries, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses and allspice. Return to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Let cool. Puree half of the sauce in a food processor or blender. Return the sauce back to the pan and mix together. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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Recipe credit: Eating Well
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Wow! this is fun!!! I love the jalapeno with the blueberries! Not sure about the bourbon. It’s hard for me cause I can hardly handle the smell of bourbon or whiskey…. but I’ll find a substitute!!!
Let me know what you use as a substitute!
This was a great recipe! I changed some things up based on my personal preference and it turned out better than I had imagined! I actually won a family Rib Competition with this sauce on the ribs!
That’s fabulous! That’s for sharing and congratulations on the win, Kent!
So in the directions it says to stir in garlic, but the ingredients doesn’t call for garlic. If I need to use it, how much do I add?
Hi Dana! Looks like I ,issued adding it. 4 garlic cloves, chopped. I make the update. Thanks!
Wow this looks delicious. I think it’ll go great with chicken and a green salad with fresh blueberries!
This sauce sounds fantastic and a nice departure from my weeknight Sweet Baby Rays! I’ll have to try it! Pinning.
Last night I slathered this barbecue sauce on ribs. Holy moly was it amazing!!
This looks and sounds amazing. I love blueberries and can see how they’d add a depth of flavor to a BBQ sauce.
I need to figure out a good way to can this. It’s so darn good, Laura!
I might just want to drink that glaze right out of the jar. I bet its fantastic on ribs!!! I can’t wait to give it a go. Pinning and sharing, of course! Hey just to let you know when I try to press the minimize button of your popup signup e-mail, it won’t let me minimize the field. I have to click off the box for it to disappear. Have a super week!
Well, darn! Sorry about the pop-up! I seems ok when I checked it, so who know what the problem was! Thanks for the pin and share love! XO
Love the color and consistency of this sauce and the flavor sounds out of this world.
Thanks, Norma! This is one delicious barbecue sauce and homemade is the best!
This sauce sounds amazing! We just finished blueberry season here and this sounds perfect. I love sweet barbecue sauces and am definitely going to try this one!
I can’t get enough blueberries. They’re so good and good for us too! I’m really digging this homemade sauce. DELISH!
Sounds delicious. I love sweet sauces, so I’m going to try this.
Let me know if you like it! I let mine sit for about three days before using it on ribs. So incredibly delicious!
I’ve never grown jalapenos in my garden because I don’t use a lot of peppers in my cooking. This might just get a plant going, though. I bet that combination of sweet and hot would be delish!
You just reminded me that I should try to grow a little plant. I mostly have herbs, but a little jalapeno plant would be a nice addition!
hmm, simply damn delicious!!!
lovin this bbq sauce for my pulled pork…