Blueberry Jam Barbecue Sauce

8 oz blueberry jam
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup thick Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup chili sauce (lke Heinz)
1/4 cup rye or bourbon
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon mesquite liquid smoke
1 teaspoon ancho pepper
1/4 teaspoon allspice
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Pulse all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan and simmer on the lowest setting until heated through and it reduces and thickens, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Keeps in the fridge about a week.

My thoughts:

As you probably have noticed, I did a lot of jam making over the year. Now we are getting into prime jam making season again and I still have a lot of jars left. I need those jars emptied (so I can fill them again!) so I’ve been trying to use jam in new ways. This one is one of my favorites. It was quick to make and the jam gave the sauce a fruity yet not too sweet flavor. It was especially good on pork.


  1. Your B-B-Que sauce sounds great-enjoy! Love what I can see of the tablecloth too:@)

  2. This sounds fantastic. I love trying different types of barbecue sauce. Hmmm, thinking about it, I have a jar of Blueberry Jam in the cupboard….

  3. This sounds wonderful! I had never heard of a berry-based barbecue sauce until we published a book here on sauces that included a recipe for one with strawberries– blueberry flavored sounds even more delicious though!

  4. Blueberry jam would be a great addition to bbq sauce! I love how its tart sweetness pairs so well with savory/spicy flavors (I like it with chipotle). Can't wait to try it out.

  5. I love fruity barbecue sauces. I've made one from blueberries before but if they are not in season, the jam is a great way to go.

  6. What a unique idea! I never would have thought of that! What was your meat of choice?
    You mentioned that you're coming up with lots of new recipes to get rid of these jams. care to share more?

    ~Nancy Lewis~

  7. Hi Nancy!
    I do have some recipes scheduled in the upcoming months. I also have a tag (it is at the bottom of this recipe and over on the right hand column) that if you click it, it links to all of the recipes I've posted using food I've canned.

  8. holy amazing sauce, batman! this sounds like a GREAT idea! there's a place in italy that makes a blueberry steak… why didn't i think of this?! ha. thanks so much for sharing, love you and your blog 🙂