This blueberry barbecue sauce is quick, easy, healthy, has lots of flavor and a bit of heat - all you need in a tasty sauce!
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I don't know about anyone else, but I find it all too easy to cook the same old things on the grill. Sure they can be nice, but variety is good too. So this year I kind of challenged myself to get a little more creative.
I have managed a bit, such as the grilled pork and pineapple salad I shared, but there were a few 'categories' related to our outdoor cooking that I felt I needed to explore more. I have had 'sauce' in general on my list of things to try to play around with this summer and have not got that far on it yet. But that's changing.
I think before this, I had only made the peanut sauce to go with the chicken satay we now have regularly and all love. It feels a bit silly, since who doesn't like some sauce alongside their food? It's certainly something my son is generally happy to dive in to, and ask for if there's one we are having without him. Plus so many are actually really easy to make, and this blueberry barbecue sauce is definitely in that category.
Although with a delicious bit of kick, it might not be one my son will go for yet but we were happy to make up for him. We gladly kept this blueberry barbecue sauce for ourselves served with chicken and pepper skewers for a little red, white and blue fun. Plus, it makes such a tasty and easy dish.
I have been meaning to try to make a fruit-based barbecue sauce for a while. As I've mentioned before, I know being a Scot I am not exactly the voice of experience when it comes to barbecue food, but I do appreciate it and have been trying to dabble more. Whether authentic or not, this blueberry barbecue sauce is certainly tasty. It has that delicious sweetness from the berries, slight smokiness from the paprika and a bit of heat. No one of those qualities is excessive, but this sauce is far from lacking flavor as well.
How to make blueberry barbecue sauce
It couldn't be easier to make this sauce as you simply put everything in a pan, cook it up for a few minutes then mash it up a little. You can blend it if you want it really smooth but I don't think it is really necessary.
With the sweetness coming from the blueberries and just a little molasses, this sauce isn't overly sweet and is pretty healthy as well. It is certainly sweet enough, though, and has a depth of flavor that would make you think it had either been cooking for ages or a ton of processed ingredients in it, but it has neither.
I've served this blueberry barbecue sauce over simple chicken and red pepper skewers for a super-easy bit of red, white and blue fun, given the 4th of July is almost upon us, but really this sauce is good enough to go on a whole range of things.
So get yourself some blueberries, cook them up with everything else and enjoy the sweet-smokey heat of this delicious sauce with your favorite dishes.
Try these other flavorful sauces:
- Mango habanero sauce
- Chermoula sauce
- Grilled red pepper herb sauce
- Plus get more sides recipes in the archives.
Blueberry barbecue sauce (for red, white and blue chicken skewers)
- ½ cup blueberries 80g
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 60ml
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp dried ginger
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- ½ tbsp molasses
For the skewers
- 0.75 lb chicken 340g - breast is easiest, cut into bite-sized chunks
- ½ red pepper
- To make the sauce, put all of the ingredients (blueberries, vinegar, cayenne, paprika, cumin, ginger, salt, garlic and molasses) in a small pan and place over a medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring regularly, and cook for around 12-15mins until the blueberries have popped and the sauce is thickening. Mash up any lumps (or blend when cool if you prefer really smooth).
- Allow to cool and store in a covered dish/jar until needed - I'd suggest in the fridge unless you properly 'can' them as you would jam (ie putting in a sterilized jar when hot and allowing vacuum to seal).
- To make the skewers, thread chunks of chicken and pepper on to skewers and cook on the grill/barbecue over a medium-high heat, turning every few minutes until cooked through - exact time will depend on size of chunks and heat of grill but around 10-15mins is a reasonable guess.
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See all the other easy patriotic 4th of July recipes being shared this week -
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For the Red, White and Blue Salads and Main Dishes
- Bang Bang Pork Chops by Wholistic Woman
- Blueberry and Watermelon Arugula Salad by A Mind Full Mom
- Pumped Up Potato Salad by Food Lust People Love
- Red Hot Chicken and Blue Cheese Bites by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Red White & Blue Caprese Salad by Go Epicurista
- Red White and Blue Fruit Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Yankee Doodle Noodle Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Oh Say Can You See Desserts
- All-American Patriotic Dessert Tarts by Family Around The Table
- Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Easy (No Bake!) Two Bite Berry Pies by Cooking With Carlee
- Firecracker Muddy Buddies by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Flag Fruit Pizza by Dash of Evans
- Homemade Snow Cones by Palatable Pastime
- Red, White, and Blue Berry Pound Cake Bites by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Red, White and Blue Fruit Kabob Flag by La Bella Vita Cucina
- Red, White, and Blue Fruit Tart by Life Tastes Good
- Red, White, and Blue M&M Cookies by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Red White and Blue Parfaits by Desserts Required
- Red, White and Blue Popsicles by Our Good Life
- Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispie Treats by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Rosemary Cookies with Tomato Jam by The Finer Cookie
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