Tart Cherry BBQ Sauce | Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

Tart Cherry BBQ Sauce

The tart, sweet flavors of this BBQ sauce are a great twist on a traditional cookout. Seal the Seasons Tart Cherries are already pitted, washed, and ready to use – which means saving time in the kitchen! Whether you’re slow cooking in the oven or showing off your skills on the grill, this sauce is sure to impress your friends and family.


3 Cups Seal the Seasons NY Tart Cherries
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 Onion, diced
1 1/2 Cups ketchup
2/3 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar
1 Shot (2 oz) Honey Whiskey (optional)
3 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. ground mustard
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 Tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste


STEP 1: Thaw and drain Seal the Seasons frozen cherries.

STEP 2: Heat olive oil in sauce pan and saute onion and garlic over medium heat until soft and fragrant.

STEP 3: Add the ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, whiskey, water, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper. Stir and bring mixture to a simmer.

STEP 4: Add the cherries and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook over low heat for 20 minutes, or until sauce thickens.

STEP 5: Once thickened, remove sauce from heat and puree in food processor until smooth.

STEP 6: Let cool and enjoy!