Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

by lifeundeveloped on August 28, 2012

Hey readers!

So somehow, this last month of Summer flew by and September is upon us.

Seriously how did that happen?!

As much as I love Summer though, I must admit I am a bit giddy with excitement thinking about Fall!

So with that being said, last week I decided to celebrate the last of this Summer’s berries.

Now usually when I have a pint of berries hanging out inside my fridge, I turn them into smoothies, cobblers, crisps, etc.

As delicious as all of those options are, to me they get a bit tiresome after a while.

So this time, I decided to use berries in an unconventional way, to me.

I made blackberry barbecue sauce!

Sounds kind of weird, I know, but trust me you’ll want to put it on everything.

Assuming that you like barbecue sauce of course.

The berries act as kind of a subtle elevation to your everyday barbecue sauce.

I do have a few thoughts, suggestions, possibilities, whatever you want to call them…

In a perfect world I would of kicked up the heat a little bit by adding jalapenos, but I was out.

I might have added a little chili sauce, I didn’t have any of that either.

Lastly I thought of adding tomato paste, but then I forgot.  That I did have in my pantry.

Nonetheless, even minus those three ingredients, this barbecue sauce was delicious!

The first thing I put it on was scrambled eggs that I made for dinner that night.

I know that’s a bit odd right?

Usually I eat my eggs with ketchup, but I couldn’t resist digging into this jar of barbecue sauce.

I mean look at that gorgeous color!!!


Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

by Vanessa Smith



  • Olive oil, 1 Tbsp.
  • Shallot, chopped, 1/4 cup
  • Garlic, chopped, 2 cloves
  • Blackberries, 3 1/2 cups
  • Brown sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Molasses, 1 1/2 Tbsp.
  • Ketchup, 1/4 cup
  • Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tbsp.
  • Dry ginger, 1/8 tsp.
  • Paprika, 1/4 tsp.
  • Cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp.
  • Salt + Pepper, to taste


Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat.

Saute the shallots and garlic until translucent. This should only take a few minutes.

Add blackberries and brown and cook down for a few more minutes.

Remove pan from heat and transfer to a blender. To the mixture add the rest of the ingredients. Put the top on and blend until smooth or until your desired consistency.

Pour the blended mixture back into the sauce pan and put it back on the stove over a low heat. Let reduce a bit and stir occasionally. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Cool down and store in the refrigerator.

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Vanessa :-)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

The Squishy Monster September 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

YUM! I’d literally spoon this on everything—it’s bittersweet to see Summer go :(


lifeundeveloped October 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

It’s so good! I will miss Summer but I am looking forward to some Fall weather! :-)


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