West Michigan is pretty well known for blueberries, we have a ton of farms in the area and going blueberry picking is one of my favorite parts of summer. Last year I picked a bunch and made so much jam I didn’t know what to do with it all. Amazingly we didn’t have too much left this year.
It made great Christmas presents so you’re welcome to everyone in our family who got jam! This year I went picking with some great company, including our roommate Meaghan from Cook. Craft. Love. my mom, and my friend Melissa. Together we all picked the hottest day of the summer and spent about 2 hours out in the fields.
We ended up with over 28 pounds! So first thing I did was make more jam, cause you really can never have enough jam. And then it was time to get creative. I knew that there was a whole host of blueberry related items that needed to get made and first up was creating the perfect blueberry BBQ sauce.
This is something that I’d been wanting to make for a while, which is funny because I don’t even like to barbecue things, but it looked like a fun challenge. Plus, Dustin and Meaghan are HUGE fans of blueberry and barbecue so I knew that if I could create a good blueberry BBQ sauce I’d win all kinds of cool points.
I decided to not use any tomatoes in this sauce because I wanted it to be different than just a regular BBQ sauce with some blueberries thrown on top, so I used the blueberries themselves as a base for the sauce.
First you’ll dice your onion and garlic nice and small and sauté it with a small amount of olive oil. Once the onions are translucent you’ll add the fresh picked blueberries. They’ll turn this nice deep blue color and get really glossy, once you get to that point smash the berries with a fork or I’ll use a potato masher.
Then you’ll add the rest of your ingredients and stir constantly so the sauce doesn’t burn. Let it cook down a bit, about 4-5 minutes at a continuous bubble. Once it’s cooked down you’ll have to smooth it out. I seem to have lost the top for my blender so I just used my food processor and it worked great.
Put everything in there and pulse it until you get the consistency you want, and then pour it into a container. This recipe gets you a pint of blueberry BBQ sauce and is great on pork chops, shredded chicken, or anything else you would put BBQ sauce on.
Meaghan always laughs at me because I guess sauce of any kind is definitely a southern thing, and not something that I first jump to add to a recipe. But as soon as this BBQ was made and approved by everyone in the house I was
ordered asked to make my awesome pork chops! That recipe will be coming soon! But until then, feel free to make and share as much of this blueberry BBQ sauce as you want!
You can make a huge batch to can, or just make enough at a time for each use. If you don’t have fresh blueberries on hand feel free to use frozen. I have a big batch of frozen berries in my freezer that I’m sure will get used for this over the winter. What is your favorite kind of sauce?
- 2 Cups Blueberries
- 1/2 Small Onion
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 6 Tbsp Honey
- 5 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 4 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- Sauté your finely diced garlic and onion in a small amount of olive oil.
- Add the blueberries and sauté until the blueberries are glossy and juicy.
- Smash with fork or potato masher.
- Add the rest of your ingredients.
- Stir constantly 4-5 minutes until sauce is cooked down.
- Pour into blender or food processor.
- Blend until you reach your desired consistency.