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Gluten-free cherry bbq sauce in a jar surrounding by fresh cherries.

Homemade Gluten-free Cherry BBQ Sauce

Sara Vaughn
Up your summer BBQ game with a sweet and smokey cherry BBQ sauce. This is the gluten-free bbq sauce that the whole party can enjoy!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course condiment, sauce
Cuisine bbq
Servings 12
Calories 49 kcal


  • Saucepan


  • 1 ½ Cups Pitted Cherries fresh or frozen
  • ½ Cup Sriracha Sauce I use Steve's Paleo Goods
  • ½ Cup Tomato Paste
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce or Coconut aminos or gluten free Soy Sauce
  • ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Water skip if using frozen cherries
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika


  • Combine all of the ingredients into a small saucepan over medium heat.
    1 ½ Cups Pitted Cherries, ½ Cup Sriracha Sauce, ½ Cup Tomato Paste, ¼ Cup Brown Sugar, ¼ Cup Molasses, 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard, 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce, ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar, ½ Cup Water, 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder, 1 Teaspoon Salt, 1 Teaspoon Pepper, 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 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.


  • Make sure you are using pitted cherries for this cherry barbecue sauce. A simple cherry pitter will do the trick easily.
  • Want to make your bbq sauce sweeter? This gluten-free bbq sauce uses a combination of brown sugar and molasses but if you want it a little sweeter you can increase the brown sugar or add a bit of honey, for a sweeter honey bbq sauce.
  • How do you make a hot bbq sauce? Add a bit of red pepper flakes or chipotle powder. I would start with about a quarter of a teaspoon unless you like a really hot bbq sauce.
If you can't find cherries or just don't like cherries, try my Blueberry BBQ Sauce that I love for wings.
How long does homemade bbq sauce last?
This gluten-free bbq sauce will last in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Can you freeze bbq sauce?
This cherry bbq sauce can be frozen. Place the cooled bbq sauce into a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months. When you want to use it, let it defrost overnight in the fridge and then use it as fresh.
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