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!

Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - The Foodie Affair

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!

Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - The Foodie Affair

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!

Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - The Foodie Affair

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!

Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - The Foodie Affair

Or stash this in the refrigerator and use the next time you grill ribs, pork or chicken!

Easy oven baked ribs on a baking sheet
Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - The Foodie Affair
Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce with a basting brush

Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

This simple sauce with a little heat tames with sweet flavors is all you will need for the grilling season. Enjoy over chicken, pork, beef or turkey.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 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.


Serving: 1/4 cup | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g


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Recipe credit: Eating Well


Fresh homemade BBQ sauce made with blueberries and bourbon. Sweet and tangy flavor that tastes delicious on any protein! Fire up the grill! #grilling #sauce
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  1. 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!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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?


  4. 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!

  5. 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!