Blueberry Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

What is great about using the berries in this sauce is there is no need to add extra sugar, as the blueberries provide all the sweetness you need. (And store bought barbecue sauces are notorious for being mainly High Fructose Corn Syrup with flavoring!) I only used 1 jalapeno in this recipe, but you could easily turn up the heat by using 2 or even 3!

 

 

While the combination of barbecue and blueberries may not be conventional, the blueberry flavor is subtle and doesn’t take away from the traditional barbecue flavor. This sauce works great on top of veggie burgers or even used as a substitute for ketchup.

Makes 1 1/2 cup

  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili molido
  • pinch salt, to taste
  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients, and stir to evenly incorporate. Over medium heat, simmer until blueberries soften, about 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Tip: I kept this sauce chunky, as I like the whole pieces of blueberries, but you could always puree it in a blender and press it through a mesh strainer to create a smoother sauce.  

This sauce is: No Added Sugar, Vegan, Gluten Free

Stephanie Hoban, MS, RD, LD

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