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Cherry Barbecue Sauce

You can use fresh or frozen cherries to make this flavorful barbecue sauce. It tastes phenomenal on ribs and chicken! —Ilene Harrington, Nipomo, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 cups


  • 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


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

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  • Jane
    Jun 11, 2020

    Can this be canned/processed in a water bath?

  • Jon
    Jul 23, 2017

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  • usmcmom1
    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
    Jul 10, 2016

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

  • OmaLaura
    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
    Jul 12, 2013

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

  • Bonito
    Jun 29, 2013

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

  • sudiipta
    May 26, 2013

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  • MadisonME
    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
    Jun 9, 2011

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