Spicy Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Berries—like most fruits—pair up very well with chili peppers. Blueberries, in particular, shine here as they pair sweetness, tartness, and earthiness oh so well. That’s why the two make one terrific BBQ sauce.

Spicy Blueberry BBQ Sauce
Spicy blueberry BBQ sauce works equally well with beef, chicken, and pork

Spicy blueberry BBQ sauce pairs those blueberries with the fresh, bright bite of jalapeño pepper. It’s a tasty, mild to low-medium heat the most can enjoy, and the sauce really brings grilled meats to life. It’s perfect for marinading beef, chicken, and pork equally. And it works well, too, as a dipping sauce, particularly for chicken fingers.

Control the heat by lessening the jalapeño used. For more spiciness, try using serrano peppers instead of jalapeños. Or add a pinch of cayenne to the mix. You could also add more jalapeño, but take care on adding too much of the jalapeños bright-bitterness to the sauce. A pinch of cayenne, instead, would provide just heat without issue.

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Spicy Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Spicy Blueberry BBQ Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 86 kcal


  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons coarse ground mustard


  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients and heat, stirring often, until it simmers.
  • Lower temperature to medium-low and cook the mix for approximately 30 minutes. The berries should burst.
  • Remove the mix from the heat and pour it into a food processor or blender. Pulse blend until you’ve reached your desired sauce consistency.
  • Pour into jars or serving bowl and let it cool to room temperature prior to refrigerating.
  • For best taste, refrigerate the sauce for at least one hour prior to using to allow the flavors to meld.


Honey may be substituted for the molasses. 


Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 125mgPotassium: 297mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 93IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on May 6, 2024 to include new content.
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Michael Shannon

How many chicken wings will this cover?