Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce

This is kinda two recipes in one. 
It all began with an abundance of blackberries in the fridge (can’t let those go bad), and it went from there. Then next thing you know I’m making meatballs and slicing jalapenos.

I know what you’re thinking – the blackberries might be too intrusive.

It is a little sweet, however, given the amount of damn hot sauce and Worcestershire I put in it, the balance is perfect. It’s so good… and very different from traditional BBQ sauces. Although I’m not huge on anything sweet, the blackberry flavor is unique. 

I love unique.

I initially wanted to grill some chicken, but the meatball idea won. I made them with ground chuck, a little cumin, salt and steak sauce, brushed them with the bbq sauce and broiled them for just a few minutes. Then I topped them with Cabot Farmhouse Reserve White Cheddar and put them back in the oven until the cheese was melty and everything was bubbly.
Final touches – sour cream, cilantro and jalapenos. And I dipped them in more Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce. Of course.

Here’s your printable-

Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 tbsp pepper


  • Pulse blackberries in a food processor until smooth and strain in a fine mesh strainer.
  • Combine berries with all other ingredients in a food processor and pulse until pureed.
  • Heat over medium heat, whisking until thickened, about 5 minutes.
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