Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Berry BBQ Twist

I love blueberries and it's hard to stay away from them during the summer. They are so sweet and cute and great with everything from salads to desserts. I had an idea the other day to make a BBQ sauce using blueberries. It sounded like the perfect sauce to go on grilled chicken on a hot, summer day. I've never made a BBQ sauce using blueberries before but I love the challenge of something new so I researched a bit and then got started. After all the preparing and cooking, it turned out to be a thick, sweet, slightly spicy sauce that was a great compliment to the chicken.

Blueberry BBQ Sauce

2 TB butter
3 TB diced onion
2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 TB apple cider vinegar
1 TB white vinegar
3 TB brown sugar
3/4 c ketchup
1 TB honey
1/2 tsp chipotle pepper paste (I mashed a pepper in adobo sauce)
pinch of salt/pepper

1. Cook onion in butter over med heat until soft.
2. Add blueberries and cook for about five minutes until starting to soften.
3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer over medium-low heat for about a half hour (stir frequently and mash berries each time you stir), until thickened and cooked down a little.
4. Brush over grilled chicken during the last 5-7 minutes of grilling.

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