Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Smoky-sweet, with a tinge of heat, and oh so blissfully blueberry: this Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is easy, quick and a delectable finish to summer grilling fare!

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce by Cakewalker

Monday is Labor Day. Where did the summer of 2017 go? For me and my family it was spent maximizing moments of time being together, living the moments with day trips, a vacation, swimming and many long dinners after the slow sunsets on Saturday nights. The holiday signals the close of summer is near and the fact that kids have returned to school backs it up. Labor Day, the first Monday of September, marks an annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the prosperity, strength, and well-being of our country.


Two months ago on the fourth was Independence Day; an occasion where I was reminded of a recipe I haven’t used for a while. Baby back pork ribs were on the menu: low-n-slow in the smoker for several hours, then lacquered in a sauce on the grill to finish. Mrs. W made the suggestion to use the Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce I devised for this award-winning burger. I hadn’t used the sauce on pork, but when mopped on racks of ribs the tender meat glistens with smoky-sweet-hot sensations on a base of fruity blueberry. It’s a real palate pleaser. Are you salivating yet?


Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauced Kebabs

If you’re looking for a new BBQ condiment for your holiday gathering, give this one a try. Beef, pork, poultry and salmon are tried, true and tasty! Be sure to see the recipe notes below.

This holiday, my labor will be directed towards the grill, in an outdoor setting complete with a beverage cooler, and in the company of family.

Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Smoky-sweet, with a tinge of heat, and oh so blissfully blueberry: this Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is easy, quick and a delectable finish to summer grilling fare!


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup chopped canned chipotle chilies (about 4-5 chilies)
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from the chipotle chile can)
  • 2/3 cup good blueberry jam or preserves


  • In a food processor or blender, combine the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, garlic, chipotle chilies, adobo sauce and blueberry jam; purée all the ingredients until very smooth. Makes about 2 cups barbecue sauce, which will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.


For those who may not know: Chipotle chilies are smoked, ripe jalapeno peppers and they are typically canned in adobo sauce. In the U.S., the adobo sauce leans toward Mexican influence which is a thick, red sauce made with crushed chilies, spices, garlic, salt and vinegar. The chipotle chilies can be found in the Mexican food aisle of most grocers.

Tip: to best access the measure of adobo sauce needed in the recipe, gently remove the chilies to a separate container. Most of the sauce will have settled to the bottom of the can or jar (depending upon packing vessel). From there you’ll be able to get the measure with greater ease. Good news! Unused chilies in adobo freeze well for use later.

I use blueberry preserves which I make myself every year with the freshest-best berries. Store-bought commercial varieties like Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry Preserves or Stonewall Kitchen Maine Blueberry Preserves are of high caliber and provide the pronounced blueberry flavor necessary to yield the intended berry punch for the barbecue sauce.

Blueberry Chipotle Chicken KebabsServing suggestion: Blueberry Chipotle Barbecued Chicken Kabobs


  1. Brooks, this sounds like a keeper! And thank you for the explanation of chipotle chiles – I was just thinking the other day how I can never remember which type of pepper they are. Now I will remember – jalapeno. And it’s good to know they freeze well. I bet this beautiful sauce would be delightful on duck.

    • Brooks Walker says

      Thank you, Jean. Yes, I do believe the sauce would be splendid on duck. It’s compatibility with proteins is wide. Good to be in touch my friend!

  2. Brooks, Those shish kabobs looks fabulous …. I could almost taste them. My husband likes anything with jalapeno peppers. I’m glad to hear you have wonderful summer. Take care, Joan

    • Brooks Walker says

      Hi Joan, I hope your summer was filled to the brim with good times. Thank you for the lovely comment. Cheers!

  3. What a flavourful barbeque sauce, the chipotle must give it incredible layers of flavour.

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