Cherry BBQ Sauce Recipe - Sweet and Spicy Sauce for Grilling

Cherry BBQ Sauce

Cherry BBQ Sauce Recipe - Sweet and Spicy Sauce for Grilling
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4-5


Cherry BBQ Sauce
Cherry BBQ Sauce

Cherry BBQ sauce is a delicious and tangy sauce that adds a unique flavor to your favorite grilled meats. The combination of sweet cherries, tangy balsamic vinegar, and spicy hot sauce creates a versatile sauce that can be used on a variety of dishes.


Cherry BBQ sauce has its roots in traditional barbecue sauces, which are typically made with a combination of tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and spices. The addition of cherries adds a fruity twist to the classic recipe, creating a sauce that is both sweet and savory.


How to prepare

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cherries, vinegar, water, and black pepper.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to a slow boil and continue cooking for about 45 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  4. Remove the saucepan from heat and add ketchup (or tomato sauce), mustard, and hot sauce. Mix well.
  5. Use the marinade to marinate meat or poultry.
  6. Servings: 2 cups or 4-5 tbsp


  • Add a splash of bourbon for a smoky flavor.
  • Substitute honey for the sugar for a different sweetness.
  • Use fresh cherries when they are in season for a more intense cherry flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to pit the cherries before adding them to the saucepan to avoid any unwanted pits in your sauce.

- Adjust the amount of hot sauce to suit your personal preference for spiciness.

- Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Serving Suggestions

Cherry BBQ sauce is perfect for brushing on grilled chicken, pork, or beef. It can also be used as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders or as a glaze for roasted vegetables.

Cooking Techniques

Simmering, Boiling

Ingredient Substitutions

Use apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar.

- Substitute cherry preserves for fresh cherries.

Make Ahead Tips

Cherry BBQ sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply reheat before using.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Cherry BBQ sauce in a small bowl with a spoon for drizzling over grilled meats. Garnish with fresh cherries or parsley for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Cherry BBQ sauce pairs well with grilled meats such as chicken, pork, or beef. It also complements roasted vegetables and can be used as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Cherry BBQ sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat in a saucepan over low heat before using.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 120


Total Carbohydrates: 28g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Sugars: 24g


Total Fat: 0g

Saturated Fat: 0g

Trans Fat: 0g


Protein: 1g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 2%

Vitamin C: 4%

Calcium: 2%

Iron: 2%


This recipe contains mustard.


Cherry BBQ sauce is a low-fat, low-protein sauce that is high in carbohydrates and sugars. It is a good source of Vitamin C.


Cherry BBQ sauce is a delicious and versatile sauce that adds a fruity twist to traditional barbecue flavors. With a combination of sweet cherries, tangy balsamic vinegar, and spicy hot sauce, this sauce is perfect for brushing on grilled meats or as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders. Enjoy the unique flavor of Cherry BBQ sauce at your next barbecue!

How did I get this recipe?

I recall the feeling of curiosity that overcame me when I found this recipe for Cherry BBQ Sauce. It was tucked away in an old cookbook that belonged to my great-grandmother, passed down through the generations. As I flipped through the pages, I came across the handwritten notes and stains that adorned the pages, a testament to the many meals that had been lovingly prepared using these recipes.

The Cherry BBQ Sauce recipe caught my eye immediately. It was unlike any other BBQ sauce I had ever seen before, with its unique combination of sweet cherries and tangy spices. I knew I had to try it out for myself.

I remember the first time I made the Cherry BBQ Sauce. I gathered all the ingredients - fresh cherries, brown sugar, vinegar, and a blend of spices - and set to work in the kitchen. The sweet aroma of the cherries filled the air as they simmered on the stove, mingling with the tangy scent of the vinegar and spices.

As the sauce thickened and darkened to a deep, rich hue, I knew I had stumbled upon something truly special. The taste was unlike anything I had ever experienced before - a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess, with a subtle hint of smokiness from the spices.

I shared the Cherry BBQ Sauce with my family that evening, drizzling it over grilled chicken and ribs. The reaction was unanimous - they loved it. My husband couldn't get enough, my children were licking their fingers clean, and even my picky eater of a grandson asked for seconds.

From that day on, the Cherry BBQ Sauce became a staple in our household. I would make batches of it to keep in the fridge, ready to be used on everything from burgers to pulled pork. I even started giving jars of it away as gifts to friends and neighbors, who all raved about its delicious flavor.

Over the years, I have made the Cherry BBQ Sauce countless times, each batch as delicious as the last. I have tweaked the recipe here and there, adding a bit more spice or sweetness to suit my taste, but the basic foundation remains the same.

I often think back to that moment of curiosity that led me to discover the Cherry BBQ Sauce recipe. It reminds me of the joy that can come from trying something new, from stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the unknown. And I am grateful for the opportunity to share this recipe with others, to pass on a piece of my culinary heritage to future generations.

So, if you ever find yourself feeling curious about a new recipe, I encourage you to give it a try. You never know what delicious discoveries await you in the kitchen. And who knows, you may just stumble upon your own version of the Cherry BBQ Sauce - a recipe that will bring joy and delight to your loved ones for years to come.


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