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Homemade cherry bbq sauce being spooned out of a bowl and brushed onto some chicken legs.

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!
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 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.
Can't find cherries?
Try my Blueberry BBQ Sauce that I love for wings.
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