Blueberry BBQ Sauce | Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Molasses and berries lend a surprising sweetness to this sauce, which is great for basting grilled chicken, pork, or ribs.


  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 (1 – inch) chunk fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 2 (6 oz) containers blueberries
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp molasses (not blackstrap)
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Thinly slice the green onions. Peel and finely chop the ginger.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on medium. Add the green onions, ginger, and chili powder. Cook 5 min., stirring occasionally. Add the blueberries, ketchup, lemon juice, allspice, molasses, and salt. Cook 15–20 min., until blueberries burst, stirring occasionally.
  3. Let mixture cool, then purée in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.