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Homemade Blackberry BBQ Sauce

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Blackberry BBQ Sauce makes fresh blackberries the star player in this sweet, tangy and smoky homemade sauce! Slather this barbecue sauce on smoked ribs, pork chops, or chicken for a simple and flavorful combination that screams country summer days.

A jar of blackberry bbq sauce with a basting brush to one side.

One thing you might not know about me is that I’m a pretty outdoorsy kind of gal. I love hiking and foraging for morel mushrooms, wild black raspberries, blackberries or any other fruit that you can find in the rural Midwest. I often pay the price for my adventures with more than my fair share of poison ivy and chigger bites! 

Love a good homemade bbq sauce? Here are a few more bbq sauce recipes to try. 

This year I picked the most blackberries I’ve ever gotten and bagged them up to freeze so we could enjoy baking with them year round in things like Blackberries and Cream Pie, Blackberry Monkey Bread, and Blackberry Bread

A baked sweet potato loaded with coleslaw and bbq chicken.

This blackberry bbq sauce is so good it inspired another recipe that will be coming later this week: BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes!

A few notes on making the blackberry barbecue sauce:

  • You can use fresh or frozen blackberries to make this recipe. (I used some of my frozen blackberry bounty for the photos.)
  • I prefer to use a food processor to chop and blend the berries, onions, and peppers together before cooking, but you can also use an immersion blender after the sauce has simmered to blend it. 
  • Removing the blackberry seeds at the end is completely optional, but recommended. 

How to make it: 

Blackberries, onion, and chipotle peppers are added to the food processor.

Step 1: Add the blackberries, onion, chipotles, and adobo to the food processor.

The blackberry mixture after it is pureed in the food processor.

Step 2: Process until everything is pureed.

The sauce is simmered in a sauce pan for 10-15 minutes.

Step 3. Add the puree to a small sauce pan with the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: Let the sauce cool and remove seeds by pouring sauce thru a wire mesh sieve. 

A jar of blackberry bbq sauce with a basting brush to one side.

Step 5: Pour into an airtight container and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use. Blackberry bbq sauce will keep in the fridge for around a week or so.

A jar of blackberry bbq sauce with a basting brush to one side.

Homemade Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Yield: 2 1/4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Blackberries are the star player in this simple to make sweet, tangy and smoky homemade bbq sauce!


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 3 chipotle peppers plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from a can of Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the blackberries, onion, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce in a food processor. *
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Add the blackberry puree to a small saucepan along with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Let the sauce cool, and then press thru a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds. *
  5. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge until you're ready to use. Will keep in the fridge for approximately one week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


1. If you don't have a food processor, you can add the berries, onion, chipotle and adobo with the other ingredients to the sauce pan. Cook as directed and then use an immersion blender to blend before straining the seeds out.

2. Removing the seeds is an optional step, but preferred.

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Sunday 12th of February 2023

Can this be canned and stored on shelf? Pressure can or waterbath?

Amy D

Monday 20th of February 2023

I don't know the ph of the finished sauce so I can't make a recommendation on this. Here is more info on ph and canning. I'm sorry I can't be of more help to you at this time with this question Jeff!


Sunday 1st of May 2022

Do you think I could use raspberries? I’ve got raspberries in my freezer I need to use.

Amy D

Monday 2nd of May 2022

Hi Margaret! Yes, I've had reviews on Pinterest that people have made it with raspberries and loved it, so even though I haven't done it personally, I think it will turn out well.


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