Homemade Sweet and Smokey Cherry BBQ Sauce
Sometimes you just need to up your summer BBQ game with a homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce that makes everything finger-licking good!
- 1 ½ C Pitted Cherries fresh or frozen
- ½ C Sriracha Sauce I use Steve's Paleo Goods
- ½ C Tomato Paste
- ¼ C Brown Sugar
- ¼ C Molasses
- 1 TBS Dijon Mustard
- 2 TBS Coconut Aminos or gf Soy Sauce
- ¼ C Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ C Water skip if using frozen cherries
- 1 TSP Onion Powder
- 1 TSP Salt
- ½ TSP Pepper
- 1 TSP Smoked Paprika
Combine all of the ingredients into a small saucepan over medium heat.
Allow the mixture to come to a low simmer.
Reduce the heat to low and let it go until the cherries start to fall apart.
Using an immersion blender to blend the sauce or transfer the sauce to a blender and puree.
If you removed the sauce from the pan, return it to the pan and stove and allow it to simmer on low until it thickens about 5-10 minutes.
Fresh or Frozen Cherries?
For this recipe it doesn't really matter. When I can get fresh cherries I tend to use them but I have also used frozen cherries and find the sauce to be just as delicious.
Make sure you pit the cherries.
This is especially important if you are using fresh cherries. A simple cherry pitter will do the trick easily.
Want a sweeter sauce?
This sauce calls for a quarter of a cup of brown sugar and molasses but if you want it a bit sweeter you can up the brown sugar to a half of a cup or add in a bit of honey.
Want a little more heat?
Add a bit of red pepper flakes or chipotle powder. I would start with about ¼ tsp unless you like things really hot.