Blueberry Barbecue Sauce for Grilling Season


For a unique finale to the summer and a recipe that can easily head indoors when it’s too cold for grilling, enjoy this blueberry barbecue sauce. Although fresh is best, the recipe can be made with frozen (defrosted) blueberries when berry season sadly comes to an end.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce Recipe - great for summer! Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, vegan, and plant-based.This blueberry barbecue sauce recipe with photo was shared with us by Fresh from Florida Kids. Their website isn’t purely dairy-free, but they offer some great recipes for inspiration on cooking with kids.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Grilled Chicken with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, top food allergy-friendly, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
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This fresh take on homemade barbecue sauce is easy to make, and it tastes delicious. We've included a quick recipe for grilled chicken or tofu in the notes, since they both pair well with this sauce.
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the oil in non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until almost translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and mustard and whisk to combine. Bring the ingredients to a simmer.
  2. Add the blueberries. Continue to simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Puree the sauce in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Optionally pass through a fine mesh sieve if a smoother consistency is desired.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
Grilled Chicken or Tofu: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Lightly season both sides of 4 (6-ounce) chicken breasts or 4 tofu "steaks" with salt and pepper, and brush them with a little oil. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden, and the internal temperature reaches 165°F if prepared chicken. Let the meat or tofu rest for 5 minutes before serving with the Blueberry Barbecue Sauce.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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