Recipe: Chipotle Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Why make your own barbecue sauce? This sweet, smoky, spice cherry chipotle barbecue sauce is one mouthwatering reason. Take advantage of in-season fresh cherries and make a double batch of this slightly sweet, slightly spicy sauce. Serve with barbecued chicken, pork or burgers, or drizzle over smoky marinated tofu steaks.

Time: 70 minutes; 10 minutes active
Servings: approximately 12


  • 2 cups cherries, washed and pitted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt
  • 2/3 cups canned diced tomatoes with chilies
  • 1/4 cup canned chipotle sauce
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar


Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until well combined and transfer to a saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, on medium heat for about 60 minutes until sauce is reduced by half, or reaches desired thickness.

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