Eating Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce with a Spoon

Whodda’ thought that homemade cherry bbq sauce–sweet-spicy and full of flavor, would be so good you’d want to eat it with a spoon!

Since January, I’ve been canning along with the blog Food In Jars Mastery challenge. It’s been so much fun!  Lots of camaraderie, super recipes, and inspiration everywhere!  

Who’d of thought that homemade cherry bbq sauce--sweet-spicy and full of flavor, would be so good you’d want to eat it with a spoon!

Thick Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce

So when a 20 lbs case of sweet cherries arrived from my CSA, canning some Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce was almost fate!  

Cherry pitter

Cherry pitter–yes!

I made two different recipes, one from Food in Jars, the other from Daring Gourmet. Both were delicious.  I was particularly surprised (in a good way) with the FIJ recipe.  Since it had no tomato, I wondered if it would taste like BBQ sauce… In the end it was sweet, spicy and flavorful–and absolutely tasted like a good BBQ sauce.  

Who’d of thought that homemade cherry bbq sauce--sweet-spicy and full of flavor, would be so good you’d want to eat it with a spoon!

Two kinds of Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce

This really began last summer when I ordered a variety of organic BBQ sauces online to make my Iowa BBQ Soup.  They were varying degrees of good—including one so bad I had to doctor it up with molasses and catsup to avoid throwing it out!  From now on I’ll be making my own!

Who’d of thought that homemade cherry bbq sauce--sweet-spicy and full of flavor, would be so good you’d want to eat it with a spoon!

Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce

Both recipes come with canning instructions but if you’re not a canner, you can keep it for at least a couple weeks refrigerated–and online sources say BBQ sauces freeze well too. 

BBQ Chicken

Was great on chicken!

I am including the Food in Jars recipe below–cut in half since I am usually too scared to try a full size new recipe, and with one teeny instruction change (I pureed mine before thickening since I prefer doing that).  If you are brave and want to try the full batch, you can multiply by 2 or head on over to Food in Jars to check out the original.Recipe Card

Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce
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831 calories
202 g
0 g
3 g
9 g
1 g
1003 g
2442 g
169 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 831
Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 2442mg
Total Carbohydrates 202g
Dietary Fiber 14g
Sugars 169g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 1/2 pounds cherries, pitted
  2. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cup minced onion
  5. 1 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1 teaspoons smoked paprika
  7. 1 teaspoons salt (I used lite salt)
  8. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir to combine.
  2. Cook covered on medium heat until the cherries and onions have softened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a blender and puree (slowly and carefully, hot foods can spurt out) or puree with an immersion blender.
  4. Return to the pot and cook, uncovered, until the mixture is reduced by approximately half and is nicely thickened.
  5. Taste and adjust salt or pepper, as needed.
  6. When it’s finished, ladle the sauce into prepared jars. Wipe rims, apply lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes (see note).
  1. Makes about 2 half pints (I did 1 half pint and 2 half cup jars. The half cup worked perfectly to dilute with water and brush on a cut up chicken (with a little left over for dipping).
  2. If you double the recipe and puree with a (non-immersion) blender (carefully), you should do it in batches.
  3. Canning instructions assume you know how to can. If not, you can freeze the sauce or store in the refrigerator and use promptly--or check out canning lessons at Food in Jars.
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7 thoughts on “Eating Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce with a Spoon

  1. Louise

    You are sooooooo amazing, Inger!!!! I LOVE that you do all of this homemade stuff and share it with us. Thank you sooooooo much for sharing…..I’ll be pinning…

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Louise–I’ve been having fun! And it will be so nice to have a canning cupboard full of beautiful reminders of summer when the seasons turn! Hope you are having a great summer!

  2. David

    I can just about taste this wonderful, tangy barbecue sauce. It’s so different from all the other sauces out there. I look forward to trying it. Thanks, Inger!

  3. grace

    this is an awesome sauce, inger! i’m all about cherries right now and have been eating a bowl full of them every day, but this is arguably a better way to consume them. 🙂

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