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Cherry Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Cherry Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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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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