Sweet & Smoky Blueberry Barbeque Sauce

by Heather on November 26, 2012

As I’m typing this post I practically have a splint around my left index finger.

How to Make Blueberry BBQ Sauce I don’t know why, but for weeks I’ve laid in bed at night thinking about food that I’m going to make for the blog and for dinners around our house, and when I get to the chopping veggies part I have this weird vision of cutting my finger really badly.  It’s almost subconsciously, and then all of a sudden my vision of beautifully chopped vegetables is clouded by, “OH CRAP I CUT MY FINGER!”  So so so very weird.

And then yesterday?  Yesterday I was chopping onions to make meatloaf and BAM! the finger cut happened.  I’ve always been fairly calm when there’s a physical “emergency” going on, so I just put the knife down, rinsed off the cut and put pressure on it to stop the bleeding.  The worst part about bad cuts isn’t always the actual event, though, it’s the fact that you have to live with it for X number of days after.  So here I am with a sore index finger, unable to type properly (my right pinky is going to be sore from all of the backspacing) and a huge fat band-aid that Weston keeps grabbing at because it’s new and different and he wants to stick it in his mouth.

The vision of cutting myself though?  Gone!  Strange, right?

Sweet & Smoky Blueberry Barbeque Sauce from @heathersdish HeathersDish.com Enough of that though – I doubt the reason you’re here today is to learn about my random first-aid woes.  It’s probably because you, like me, love a good barbeque sauce no matter what the time of year.  Or maybe even because you love any use for the fabulous little blueberry.  Or because you think the title sounds really odd and you want to know what the heck this Heather’s Dish character is talking about.

Heck, it could even be all 3 reasons, and I don’t blame you.  When I thought about this sauce I wasn’t totally sure I was in my right mind, but after making it and devouring it on top of every piece of chicken, fish, pork or beef I’ve had for the past 2 weeks?  Well, turns out I’m not as crazy as I thought I was :)

This sauce is thick, sweet, smoky, and it has a great texture from the blueberries.  If you’re wanting a super smooth sauce you can always strain the blueberry seeds/skins out with a cheesecloth, but I think the texture makes it even more appealing.  Regardless of the texture the flavor is addicting and is something you can enjoy year-round thanks to the availability of frozen blueberries!

Sweet & Smoky Blueberry Barbeque Sauce from @heathersdish HeathersDish.com


  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 1 whole ancho chile
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

First things first, reconstitute the ancho chile by placing it in the bottom of a heat-proof bowl and covering it with boiling water.  Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and let it sit for about 30 minutes to soften.  When it’s reconstituted remove the seeds and stem and chop roughly.  Add the blueberries, ancho, onion, garlic and a little bit of the ancho water to a food processor and process until smooth.  Add to a sauce pot along with the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, cumin, chipotle, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Add a little bit more of the ancho water to make the mixture fairly watery, then bring to a boil over medium-low heat.  Allow to simmer, uncovered, stirring constantly, for about 30-4 minutes until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.  I like mine thick and rich, so I let it go the full 45 minutes.  Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold with anything and everything you want!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sommer@ASP November 26, 2012

Lovely! I serve a blackberry sauce with roast duck, but never thought of trying blueberry with savory dishes. Love it!


2 Sharla November 26, 2012

I would never have thought of this combination, but I will definitely be trying it!!


3 Sarah November 26, 2012

Oh, poor thing! I sliced into my thumb chopping apples for pancakes this morning, but mine was simply super-glued and Hello Kitty bandaged and I was good to go. Feel better, love!


4 Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 26, 2012

Blueberries and BBQ – two of my favorite things. Great recipe!!


5 Megan November 26, 2012

Ouchiieee!!! Hope your finger gets better! This sauce looks smashing!


6 Baking Serendipity November 26, 2012

I’ve never thought to combine bbq sauce with fruit before, but love this! Hope that finger heals quick…and can’t wait to see what else you were dreaming up :)


7 Kim in MD November 27, 2012

I hope your finger heals soon and you get that big band-aid off soon! The blueberry BBQ sauce looks and sounds so delicious!


8 claire @ the realistic nutritionist November 27, 2012

I’ve never thought of this before!! I bet the flavor is out of this world!!!


9 Laurie {Simply Scratch} November 27, 2012

Ohhh I want some of this! I love the sweet and smoky combo you got goin’ on here!


10 Julie @SavvyEats November 27, 2012

I LOVE blueberry BBQ sauce! I am carefully rationing the last few jars I canned earlier this summer.

And if it makes you feel any better about your cut: I somehow managed to burn myself THREE times while cooking Thanksgiving dinner, including one very large burn on my forearm from when the pan of stuffing slid out of my hands as I took it out of the oven. Bandaids galore now.


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