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Wild Berry Barbecue Sauce

Servings 2 cups


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water or beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
  • 2 cups berries Blueberries, black caps, raspberries, etc
  • 1 tablespoon honey optional


  1. If using seedy berries, place the berries in a thick bottomed saucepan and cook over medium-high heat. Bring the berries and their juices to a simmer and let cook for 10 to 15 minutes. While the berries cook, follow the instructions below.
  2. In a thick bottomed saucepan heat the oil over medium-high heat. Ad the onion and garlic and saute until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes or until the paste becomes darker in color.
  4. Stir in the vinegar and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the water, and spices and mix well until a smooth sauce has formed.
  6. If you are not using seedy berries, simply stir in the whole berries. If your berries are seedy and you have stewed them already, place a fine mesh sieve over the pot with the sauce and turn off the burner. Scoop your stewed berries into the sieve, mashing them slightly with the back of the spoon as you go. Once all the liquid has drained from the stewed berries remove the sieve and return the pot to a slow simmer. Stir well.
  7. Let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes. Add honey if needed and simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  8. Adjust seasonings and serve.