Homemade Blueberry BBQ Sauce

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This blueberry bbq sauce recipe is going to be your new favorite BBQ sauce. It’s perfect for grilling season and pairs well with grilled pork tenderloin, pork chops, ribs, chicken breast, thighs, or chicken wings.

blueberry barbecue sauce with ribs

Homemade BBQ sauce is much tastier than any bbq sauce you can buy in the grocery stores, and the delicious fresh blueberries are a perfect addition to add natural sweetness.

🤍Why you will love this recipe

  • It’s easy to make with very little hands-on time.
  • It’s healthy; naturally sweet and blueberries have numerous health benefits.
the ingredients on a cutting board, ketchup, maple syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar, garlic, blueberries

Here is what you will need

This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.

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How To Make blueberry barbecue sauce

Prepare the ingredients: rinse and dry the blueberries, chop the garlic and measure the ketchup, vinegar, and syrup.

Ingredients in a sauce pan

Step 1. Place the ingredients into a saucepan

Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and mix everything together. Set the heat to medium-high.

Step 2. Simmer the Sauce

Cook the sauce over medium-high for a few minutes until it begins to bubble. Reduce the heat to low heat and cook the bbq sauce for 30 to 35 minutes.

The sauce in a pan cooking
The sauce after it went through the cooking process

Step 3. Adjust the Sauce

This delicious sauce will be ready once the blueberries turn soft, but the sauce will be chunky. If you like a smooth consistency, use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the sauce.

Tip! The sauce will be chunky from the blueberries. Use an immersion blender or blender to thin the sauce out.

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

The full list of ingredients to make this blueberry barbecue sauce recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients along with ideas for substitutes.

Blueberries – Fresh or frozen blueberries will work in this recipe. If you use frozen, thaw them out and drain them before adding them to the sauce.

Ketchup – Any ketchup can be used in this recipe, I prefer unsweetened ketchup, but it’s your choice.

Thick tomato puree – can be substituted for ketchup in this recipe.

Apple Cider Vinegar – can be replaced with white vinegar or balsamic vinegar for a sweeter-tasting blueberry barbecue sauce.

Maple Syrup can be replaced with an equal amount of honey or brown rice syrup.

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blueberry barbecue sauce on a pastry brush

How to serve blueberry barbecue sauce

This sauce is so versatile! For a tasty BBQ dinner, try serving grilled ribs or chicken thighs topped with homemade blueberry barbecue sauce. Pair it with a side of homemade coleslaw for a satisfying meal.

Blueberry bbq sauce is an excellent addition to slow-cooker recipes like baked beans, pulled pork, and country ribs.

How to store blueberry barbecue sauce

Store blueberry BBQ sauce in the refrigerator in a mason jar or in an airtight container for up to five days.

blueberry barbecue sauce with chicken in a salad

Recipe Variations

Change up the fruit – Instead of blueberries, use 1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries, blackberries, or a combination of fresh berries.

Make it spicy – Add a tablespoon of chipotle chile powder, and chopped chili papers, jalapeno peppers or red pepper flakes.

Bourbon Blueberry BBQ Sauce – Add a quarter cup of bourbon to the saucepan when cooking the sauce.

Try our homemade beer BBQ Sauce too!


  • Adjust the sweetness and spiciness of the sauce to your liking by adding more or less syrup and vinegar to your taste.
  • Be patient, the sauce will thicken as it simmers, but it will take up to 30 minutes.
  • Let the sauce cool to room temperature before storing it in the refrigerator.
Can I freeze leftover blueberry barbecue sauce?

Yes, you can freeze leftover blueberry bbq sauce. Place room temperature bbq sauce into an airtight container and freeze it for up to three months. Defrost it in the refrigerator overnight.

At what point of grilling do you add the bbq sauce to the meat?

To prevent over-charring, brush the sauce on a few minutes before serving.

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blueberry barbecue sauce with chicken in a salad

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Blueberry BBQ sauce is naturally sweet with a slight tang and easy to make!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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Course: Sauce and Salsa Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberry bbq sauce recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 11kcal
Author: Anne
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  • Prepare the ingredients: measure the ketchup and vinegar, crush the garlic, rinse the blueberries or if you are using frozen, rinse them off and let them thaw out in a bowl.
  • Add ” uid=”1″], 1 cup fresh blueberries, ” uid=”2″] , and 1 clove fresh garlic to a saucepan. Cook on low heat stirring occasionally until the blueberries become very soft – about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in [1 tablespoon maple syrup, and check the taste for sweetness and adjust the flavors.
  • For a smooth sauce, place sauce into a blender, food processor or use an immersion blender.



Store homemade blueberry bbq sauce in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
If you prefer a thinner bbq sauce, use an immersion blender or a blender after cooking the sauce.
For spicy blueberry bbq sauce. add 1 tablespoon of chili powder or chipotle chili powder
See the article above for tips, suggestions, and more!


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 0.2mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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  1. I knew right away from the title I would like this and the recipe does not disappoint! So simple and easy yet such a great balance of sweet, savory and a little spice from the chipotle powder.

  2. Hello, so glad I found this recipe. You see my small local business bbq joint sold his version of blueberry sauce for his pork spareribs. It was delicious. Now he has retired and doesn’t bottle anymore. I can’t wait to make this but, can I use 1 tbsp corn syrup in place of 1 tbsp maple syrup

  3. Tried this recipe. Way way too much vinegar. Maple syrup did not cut through the vinegar I had to put about 2 -3 tablespoons of honey. Then a 1/2 tsp salt.