Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

13 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2006

It is not every day that you get a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce that also boasts a healthy dose of antioxidants. Try it with beef, chicken, pork or even some grilled shrimp.

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  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice


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  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and just starting to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bourbon, increase heat to high and bring to a boil; cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in blueberries, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses and allspice; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 tablespoon
  • Per serving: 29 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 32 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 4 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 39 mg sodium; 36 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: free food

Reviews 13

March 22, 2019
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By: redhotmama
I never follow recipes as written so there were definitely adaptations. I fell like I doubled the blueberries (frozen), and added a bit more cider vinegar, also added red pepper flakes about a teaspoon and chili powder about a tablespoon. It is delicious!! The increase of berries occurred after simmering 10 minutes and feeling it was a bit too hot. Letting it meld for two days before I put it on beef ribs. Thinking of making an apple chutney to serve to peeps who are not so excited about heat.
January 19, 2019
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By: chris greenfield
I don't know if I messed up or what, but when I finished the sauce tasted like vinegar. I even put it back on the stove as I write this to teybtoncook out the vinegar taste... so far, not working
August 07, 2018
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By: donna
The only thing I did different was probably add an extra tablespoon of brown sugar and molasses otherwise it was perfect and it’s just because I want to little sweeter. My daughter used it on wings tonight and it was perfect I use it on ribs last night and it was so delicious I also processed the sauce in my food processor just because I like a smooth it’s to your preference
August 04, 2016
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By: Luis Monterrubio
This is Simply Awesome!!.. just made it here @home and put some BBQ Ribs in the Slow cooker... Whhffff.. smells like heaven, Delicious
August 28, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious!! I have just made this and used two larger jalapenos and found it the perfect amount of spice to counterbalance the sweetness of the blueberries. I am lucky enought to live in the North so usued fresh wild berries - amazing! Pros: Using fresh blueberries now to have later in the winter! Cons: none
January 27, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Not healthy. Loaded with sugars. Pros: Uses blueberries Cons: Maple syrup, brown sugar, ketchup
June 11, 2012
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By: DeliberateLiving
Made it, awesome, will continue to hone the recipe I read the reviews here and seemed kinda skeptical about whether or not this would actually be good. It is. It's amazing. This was my first attempt at making BBQ sauce and it turned out incredibly good. I like a sweet sauce with a lingering spice...zesty. This sauce delivers. Notice how the recipe calls for 1-2 Jalapeno peppers. I did one big one, and I actually increased the recipe by about 50% in size and it was almost perfect for me, and I like things spicy. My wife thought it was almost too spicy, and she's a wimp, but hopefully that gives you some idea of where you can make some changes to really affect jhow much zip your sauce has. If it was me, I'd add another next time, or cut the recipe back to the correct size with 1 giant Jalapeno, but again, I like to sweat a little when I eat spicy foods. The blueberries add a nice flavor and some sweetness for sure, but if you like a sweet sauce, use a little more molasses or brown sugar as I think the blueberries are more for flavor than sweetness. Lastly, I've goikng to work on a way to puree the sauce before adding the blueberries. The final sauce is chunky with onion, jalapeno, garlic and blueberries. I think I'd prefer to make a standard sauce that was nice and smooth in texture, so I may try throwing this in the food processor next time. In short (too late) this sauce is awesome and worth making again and again. Good luck. Pros: Sweet and spicy, re
January 21, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
I followed the recipe exactly - had it with pork; it was delicious - so tangy and full of flavor. I will definitely be making it again!
September 08, 2010
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By: busythree
MMMmmmm! I love blueberries and I LOVE barbecue sauce, so I can"t wait to try this.
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