Shake up your BBQ Menu with this Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Are you tired of the same old barbecue sauce recipes? Do you want to impress your guests with a unique and flavorful twist on traditional BBQ sauce? Look no further than this Blueberry BBQ Sauce recipe.

This homemade sauce packs a punch with the perfect blend of sweetness and spice, and it’s incredibly easy to make. The star ingredient? Juicy, fresh blueberries that add both flavor and nutrition to your dish.

Whether you’re grilling up some chicken or ribs, this blueberry BBQ sauce is sure to take your meal to the next level. So gather your ingredients and prepare to enjoy the best BBQ sauce you’ve ever tasted.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Blueberry BBQ Sauce
Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Close your eyes for a moment and picture yourself indulging in a perfectly cooked barbecue feast with tender and juicy ribs, chicken, or steak infused with the richest, tastiest barbecue sauce ever. Now imagine that same delicious flavor, but with a twist – the tangy sweetness of fresh blueberries adding another layer of complexity to the recipe.

This is why you’ll love this blueberry BBQ sauce recipe. It’s a homemade sauce that will elevate your grilling game to another level! The sweet blueberries balance the bold, tangy flavors of cider vinegar and Tabasco sauce, creating a unique flavor profile that will awaken your taste buds.

But not only does the sauce taste incredible, it’s also simple to make. All you need is a few ingredients from your pantry including brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, and chili powder (just to name a few). Even better? You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries!

You can adjust the recipe to suit your personal preferences; whether you prefer a mild barbecue sauce or something spicier using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You won’t believe how versatile this blueberry BBQ sauce can be as it works wonders on all kinds of meats – pork chops, grilled chicken breasts or even tofu for vegetarians. This homemade blueberry sauce is perfect for any time of year, whether it’s summer cookouts or winter party dips.

Let’s face it: nothing beats a homemade barbecue sauce; especially one that’s as easy to make as this blueberry BBQ sauce recipe. So why spend money on bottled marinades when you can whip up this unbelievably delicious recipe at home? Your taste buds and bank account will definitely thank you!

Ingredient List

 Sweeten up your BBQ game with this Blueberry BBQ sauce!
Sweeten up your BBQ game with this Blueberry BBQ sauce!

Here is everything you will need for my homemade blueberry BBQ sauce recipe:
Sauce ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves garlic)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Blueberry BBQ Sauce Best With:

  • Ribs
  • This sauce is perfect for a BBQ classic: slow cooked ribs.
  • BBQ chicken
  • This sauce will shine on grilled or smoked chicken as well.
  • Burgers
  • Use it in place of traditional ketchup for something new and delicious!

Make sure to double the recipe for larger crowds or if you want to store some in the fridge for future use.

The Recipe How-To

 Top off your grilled chicken with a delicious fruity twist.
Top off your grilled chicken with a delicious fruity twist.

Now that we’ve covered the ingredients list in detail, it’s time to move on to the fun part: the recipe how-to! Follow these steps carefully and you’ll have an amazing blueberry BBQ sauce to enjoy.

Prep Time

  • 10 minutes

Cooking Time

  • 30 minutes


  • 2 cups of sauce

Ingredients Required:

To make blueberry BBQ sauce, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onions and garlic and sauté for about two minutes or until fragrant.

  2. Once the onions are translucent add the blueberries, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. Stir well until all ingredients are fully combined.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat then lower heat to a simmer for around 25 -30 minutes stirring frequently until blueberries burst and thicken into a perfect sauce consistency. Adjust seasoning as needed.

  4. Allow your homemade blueberry BBQ sauce to cool and then store it in an air-tight container or mason jar in your fridge.

  5. This delicious blueberry BBQ sauce can be used for marinating meat before popping it on the grill, basting during cooking; dip/sauce for BBQ’s sauces or a sandwich spread.

Enjoy your tasty creation!

With only few basic ingredients and simple process you could make an extraordinary Blueberry BBQ Sauce that everyone will love.

Substitutions and Variations

 A match made in heaven: blueberries and BBQ sauce.
A match made in heaven: blueberries and BBQ sauce.

When it comes to making your own homemade blueberry BBQ sauce, there are plenty of ways to customize it and make it your own. While this recipe is already packed with flavor, feel free to experiment with different ingredients to tailor the sauce to your personal taste.

For a spicier version of the blueberry BBQ sauce, you can add in some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Just finely chop them up and add them in with the other ingredients. This will give your sauce a smoky, spicy kick that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the blueberries.

If you don’t have fresh or frozen blueberries on hand, you can use blueberry jam instead. Simply take out around 1 cup of the ketchup called for in the recipe and replace it with 1 cup of blueberry jam. This will still give your sauce that deliciously fruity flavor, but with a thicker consistency.

If you’re looking for a boozier BBQ sauce, just add in some bourbon! Substitute ¼ cup of the apple cider vinegar called for in the recipe with ¼ cup of bourbon. This will give your sauce a deeper, richer flavor that pairs perfectly with grilled meats like ribs.

Finally, if you want to give your blueberry BBQ sauce an even more tangy kick, try adding some balsamic vinegar into the mix. Just replace ¼ cup of the apple cider vinegar called for in the recipe with balsamic vinegar instead. The result will be a savory-sweet flavor profile with just a touch more bite.

With these simple substitutions and variations, there’s no limit to what you can do with this delicious blueberry BBQ sauce recipe. So go ahead and get creative – the possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 Give your ribs a pop of color and flavor with this Blueberry BBQ sauce.
Give your ribs a pop of color and flavor with this Blueberry BBQ sauce.

Once you’ve made this irresistible blueberry BBQ sauce, you’ll want to put it on everything! It pairs perfectly with grilled meats, particularly pork and chicken. For a delicious and simple meal option, baste chicken pieces with the sauce during the last few minutes of grilling, until the sauce is caramelized and sticky. For something more substantial, try using the sauce to make blueberry BBQ shredded pork or ribs in your slow cooker.

Aside from its classic pairing with barbecue meats, this sauce can also be used as a topping or dip for appetizers. Drizzle it over crispy chicken wings, pour it over grilled vegetables, or spoon it onto bruschetta for a sweet and savory snack. The possibilities are endless!

For an absolute flavor explosion, I like to pair this blueberry BBQ sauce with sweet and creamy sides like corn on the cob, coleslaw, or baked beans. The tangy sweetness of the sauce perfectly complements these classic cookout side dishes.

When serving blueberry BBQ sauce, I always recommend preparing extra on the side for dipping or drizzling. Trust me – your guests will be asking for seconds (and likely thirds!) of this delicious twist on classic barbecue sauce.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Bring out the best in your pulled pork by lathering it in this sauce.
Bring out the best in your pulled pork by lathering it in this sauce.

Once you have made your delicious Blueberry BBQ Sauce, you may want to make ahead and store it for later use. Fortunately, this sauce keeps well in the refrigerator for up to one week. Simply store your Blueberry BBQ Sauce in an airtight container and place it in the fridge.

If you want to keep your sauce for longer periods of time, you can also freeze it. Frozen Blueberry BBQ Sauce will stay good for up to two months in the freezer. To freeze, allow the sauce to cool completely and transfer it to a freezer-safe container or bag. Be sure to label your sauce with the date before storing in the freezer.

When you are ready to use your stored Blueberry BBQ Sauce, simply thaw it out overnight in the refrigerator or reheat it gently on the stove over low heat. If you have frozen your sauce, make sure to thaw it completely before reheating.

I recommend reheating your Blueberry BBQ Sauce over medium-low heat while stirring occasionally. This will ensure that it heats evenly without burning on the bottom. If your sauce seems too thick after storing or freezing, feel free to thin it out with a bit of water.

Now that you know how easy it is to store and reheat your Blueberry BBQ Sauce, why not double the recipe and keep some on hand for any occasion? Stored correctly, this tasty sauce will be readily available whenever you need it!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't settle for plain old ketchup, try this Blueberry BBQ sauce on your fries.
Don’t settle for plain old ketchup, try this Blueberry BBQ sauce on your fries.

After testing and perfecting this Blueberry BBQ Sauce recipe, I’ve learned a few handy tips to share with you to ensure you achieve perfect results every time.

Firstly, when using fresh blueberries, make sure they are ripe and free of any blemishes. If you decide to use frozen blueberries, make sure to thaw them completely before using them in the recipe. This will allow the blueberries to release their natural sweetness, making the sauce more flavorful and easier to blend.

Secondly, adjust the sweetness and tartness levels based on your preference. The brown sugar adds sweetness while the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice provide tartness. Taste as you go along and adjust accordingly until you get a balance that suits your taste buds.

Thirdly, don’t be afraid to be creative with this recipe. You can add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar for a tangier flavor or extra Tabasco sauce for more heat. You can also try swapping out the chipotle peppers with jalapeno or habanero peppers for a spicier kick.

Fourthly, if you prefer a thicker consistency for your BBQ sauce, simmer it over medium heat until it reduces and thickens up. This will give you a robust sauce that nicely coats your barbecue meats.

Lastly, allow the sauce to chill in the refrigerator overnight before serving or storing it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. This allows the flavors to meld together, and it enhances flavor development over time.

By following these tips, you’ll create a delicious homemade Blueberry BBQ Sauce that’s packed full of flavor and perfect every time you make it!


Now that you know all about the ingredients, how-to instructions, variations, and serving and pairing suggestions of this delicious Blueberry BBQ Sauce recipe, you may have some questions. I’ve got you covered with some frequently asked questions and their answers. Keep reading to learn more.

What is blueberry BBQ sauce?

Looking to add some zing to your grilling game? Why not try out the classic Blueberry BBQ Sauce recipe? This sauce features a mouthwatering blend of ketchup sauce and blueberry jam, guaranteed to give your favorite foods a new level of taste. Whether you’re cooking up smoked pork tenderloins or grilled spatchcock chickens, this sauce is sure to give your dishes a bold, flavorful kick. So why not give it a shot at your next BBQ?

What is Redneck BBQ sauce?

Experience the authentic All-American flavor with the Redneck Riviera BBQ sauce created by country music legend John Rich. The sauce is crafted with real sugar, apple cider vinegar, tomato puree, and a unique blend of spices, making it the perfect choice for those who work hard and play even harder.

What’s the best BBQ sauce ever?

When it comes to barbeque sauce, there are many options to choose from. Some stand out above the rest based on their taste, value, and ingredients. In this article, I will be sharing my top picks for the best overall, best value, best classic, best gluten-free, best to buy in bulk, and best sweet barbeque sauce. So, let’s fire up the grill and get saucy!

Bottom Line

Now that you know how to make the best Blueberry BBQ Sauce, why not give it a try? With its versatile and delicious flavor profile, it’s sure to become a regular condiment at your next barbecue or family dinner.

So, fire up your grill and get started! And don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite substitutions and variations – the possibilities are endless. Whether you prefer smoky chipotle, tangy lemon juice or sweet brown sugar, this sauce has something for everyone.

In conclusion, this Blueberry BBQ Sauce recipe is an absolute must-try for anyone who loves good food and great flavors. It’s easy to make, adaptable to any taste bud, and guaranteed to be loved by everyone who tries it. Don’t take my word for it – try it out yourself and see just how amazing this sauce can be!

Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Blueberry BBQ Sauce Recipe

A spicy tangy, and healthy sauce that can be use on all of your grilling meats. Chicken, Ribs, etc.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Calories 52.9 kcal


  • 1/4 cup Frank’s red hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup original barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup spicy barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2 cups blueberries


  • Use a blender or foodprocessor to mix the ingredients thoroughly. First add the blueberries. Pulse until the berries are no longer whole. Then add the other ingredients and pulse until the mixture is thick and smooth. remember only put the sauce on after the meat it fully cooked.



Serving: 47gCalories: 52.9kcalCarbohydrates: 11.4gProtein: 1gFat: 0.8gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 518.5mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 6.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Berries, Easy, Fruit, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Sauces
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Shara @The Bird BBQ

Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.