Like your BBQ sauces on the fruitier side? Go all in with this delicious blueberry chipotle BBQ sauce! With its purply hue, it looks as good as it tastes: that sweet and earthy berry taste is paired with honey and brown sugar to bring out that sweetness even more. And the chipotle peppers act as a smoky (and certainly fiery) foil to the sweet taste. Sweet and heat always pair well, but there’s something about the blueberry/chipotle combo that’s really special. Each has an earthiness that pairs so well together.
Use blueberry chipotle BBQ sauce as a marinade with pork or chicken. It’s a great recipe to change things up during BBQ season. Or try it as a dipping sauce. It’s a perfect combo with chicken skewers and chicken tenders. In fact, that sweet heat is excellent with salty and fried meats.
If you’re a fan of smoky sauces, don’t miss some of our other options from our spicy recipe index. Our smoky espresso BBQ sauce pairs rich coffee flavor and adobo sauce with smoky chipotle for one memorable marinade. Or, for something less spicy, try this option that uses ancho pepper in a more traditional recipe. Anchos provide a milder heat and a more subtle smokiness than chipotle.
- In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the blueberries, honey, and water. Cook the mix, stirring often, until the blueberries begin to soften and burst (approximately 10 minutes).
- Transfer the blueberries to a high-sided pot. Using a food processor, process the blueberries until smooth (or until they reach your desired consistency for the BBQ sauce).
- Add the ketchup, molasses, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, liquid smoke, and salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Taste the sauce and add additional salt, pepper, or chipotle pepper (for a hotter sauce) to taste.