Cherry Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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Cherry Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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You can use fresh or frozen cherries to make this flavorful barbecue sauce. It tastes great on ribs and chicken! —Ilene Harrington, Nipomo, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional

Nutritional Facts

3 tablespoons: 74 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 184mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until cherries are tender and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Cherry Barbecue Sauce in Backyard Living May/June 2006, p64

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usmcmom1 User ID: 3059627 250595
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2016

"this is a good sauce for fresh cherries, I played around with the ingredients and swapped some out and added my own touches.... I will definitely be making this during the winter months with the frozen cherries. thanks for sharing!"

mimirita User ID: 6302531 250259
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"Pretty good. Used fresh cherries. Maybe not quite zippy enough for me. We love cherries so I will make again."

OmaLaura User ID: 7949446 93111
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Made slow baked chicken breasts using this sauce.

My husband said this was his favorite of anything I have EVER made with chicken. Not sure whether to take this as a compliment or an insult to the last 20 years my scratch cooking!
Seriously, this is very very good bbq sauce. I just got done making a double batch for the freezer. Would be great on pork chops, elk steaks or duck too."

gyzmo8 User ID: 5414367 158869
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"Very good & different! Used frozen cherries & added some chopped jalepenos for some extra zip!"

Bonito User ID: 1630276 143286
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"living in Wisconsin I am always looking for recipes with Cherries - awesome and easy"

MadisonME User ID: 6095193 159949
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"Purchased the Taste of Home Grill It cookbook and this was one of the recipes I've tried. Made a double batch with fresh bing cherries. The only change made was adding a little kick of heat with an Italian red pepper. EXCELLENT on BBQ whole chicken breast. Will be making an another double batch and canning for future use."

Starfire5 User ID: 3321692 158784
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"Amazing flavor! So good on chicken or ribs. This is going to be one of my all time favorite recipes!"

savanna2 User ID: 4801602 158779
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2010

"Absolutely incredible. I like it a little spicy, so i added some sweet hot Asian pepper sauce to it. Finger licking goodness."

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