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 jalapeños. And I dipped them in more Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce.

Of course.



Here’s your printable-

Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 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 tbsp Tabasco sauce, double it if you like it hot 
  • 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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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 cups Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 1091mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 7gSugar: 59gProtein: 3g

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 4 Comments

    1. Shea

      Thanks so much Justine!

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