Filet Mignon with Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce


Blueberries, loaded with antioxidants, have a balance of sweet and sour, which makes them an excellent base for a rich, tangy barbecue sauce. Fresh thyme rubbed on the steak dovetails wonderfully with the blueberries. Serve with fresh tomato wedges.

Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons canola oil

  • ½ small red onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped

  • ¼ cup bourbon

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons molasses

  • Pinch of ground allspice

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

  • 1 pound filet mignon, 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick, trimmed and cut into 4 portions


  1. To prepare sauce: Heat oil in a small 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, 2 to 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, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat grill to high.

  3. Combine thyme, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture on all sides of steaks. Grill the steaks 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before serving with the sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

322 Calories
13g Fat
17g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 7g 14%
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Vitamin A 159IU 3%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Folate 21mcg 5%
Sodium 430mg 19%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 40mg 10%
Potassium 545mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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