Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Cherry Chile Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Cherry Chile Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Let’s start with the color – the sauce is a gorgeous deep burgundy. I just love it. As for the flavor, you’ll find a lot of traditional barbecue sauce ingredients in the recipe – things like tomatoes, mustard, molasses, vinegar, etc. But then you add in the sweet cherries as well as some chile powder, jalapeño, and chipotle peppers in adobo, and you wind up with a really unique result! The sauce is tangy, slightly sweet and packs just a little bit of heat; you’ll taste the cherries, but I didn’t think it was overwhelmingly fruity. This sauce would be great with either chicken or pork – it’s an out-of-the-box way to add a little seasonal twist to your summer barbecues!

By Tracey

Cherry-Chile Barbecue Sauce

adapted from Fine Cooking

(Note: measure out 2 cups of cherries first, then remove the pits.)


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed
  • 2 cups sweet fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced chipotle chile in adobo
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoons chile powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Add the oil to a large saucepan and set over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion, ginger, and jalapeño. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the cherries, tomatoes, molasses, vinegar, chipotle chile, mustard, chile powder, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Increase the heat to medium-high, and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer the sauce until slightly thickened and reduced, about 5-10 minutes – the cherries will soften slightly, but not break down completely.

Puree the sauce until smooth using an immersion blender (or, if you don’t have one, transfer to a blender to do it then return the sauce to the pan). Pureeing the cherries will have thickened the sauce, but if you prefer a thicker consistency still you can continue simmering for a little longer. Allow to cool then transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Cherry Chile Barbecue Sauce Recipe Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Admin