Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce

Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce Recipe

Summer cherries are always something we always look forward to in our household. Mostly we like to munch on them straight out of the bag and then spit the pits into a paper cup…one after the next, after the next. This time, however, half of that bag from the grocery store was set aside for the one and only purpose of making this Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce, which I’m thrilled to be able to share with you today!

You would think by now I’d own a cherry pitter, but I don’t. This particular time, I used a paring knife to cut the tops off the cherries and then went digging into the cherries with my fingers to remove the pits. The time before that I used the paper clip method to remove the pits, and my sister Lynn just told me that she uses a crochet hook. See? Gadgets are nice, but not always necessary. However, in this particular instance, I’m sure a cherry pitter would make short work of a pound of cherries, and my kitchen and hands probably wouldn’t look like a homicidal blood bath just took place…but where’s the fun in that? LOL

Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce Recipe

I used this cherry BBQ sauce this past Saturday when making some chicken on the grill. Everyone loved it’s mildly sweet cherry flavor that paired exceptionally well with the light kiss of brown sugar and a tiny tang from a bit of red wine vinegar. Slather some onto the protein of your choice about 30 minutes before you’re ready to remove the meat from the grill, and you’re good to go!! Now I ask you… doesn’t this look fantastic?

Yield: Approximately 2 cups   Prep Time: Depends if you have a cherry pitter   Cook Time: 12-15 min

1/2 pound cherries, pitted and roughly chopped (approximately 2 cups chopped)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 medium shallots, minced
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons tomato paste
pinch red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

-In a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, bring the cherries, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar to a simmer. Continue to simmer 5-7 minutes until the mixture has cooked down and become thick.
-Stir in the shallots, ketchup, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
-Continue simmering on low an additional 5-7 minutes to marry the flavors.
-Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
-Jar the sauce or use immediately.
-Keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge.

Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce Recipe

Holy YUM!!!

What’s that? You’re looking for more recipes with cherries because you love them so much, and more fun sauces to liven up your boring BBQ’s? Sit tight. I’ve got you covered with these recipes that I’ve made and posted over the past few years. I’m always trying to bring you something new and different, so I hope you’ll enjoy these as well…

Homemade peach BBQ Sauce:

Homemade Peach BBQ Sauce Recipe

Sweet Asian Chili Sauce:

Sweet Asian Chili Sauce Recipe

BBQ Salsa:

BBQ Salsa Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Cream Pastry Tower:

Chocolate Cherry Cream Pastry Tower Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Yeast Bread:

Chocolate Chip and Cherry Pound Cake:

Chocolate Cherry Cows:

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Until we eat again,


  1. This sauce sounds awesome!

  2. What an awesome cherry sauce!

  3. This looks delicious!

  4. What a creative BBQ sauce! This sounds awesome!

  5. This is a beautiful sauce. Love all of the ingredients!

  6. I also don't have a cherry pitter but need one! My hubby is the biggest fan of cherries and eats them like it's his job. Need to try this for him!

  7. Ooooooooh yeah! What a great combo. I bet this is insanely good on pork!

  8. Oh I don't know where to start… 1) I love savory sweet with cherries for meat!!! 2) I am a huge cherry fan! 3) I just hand pitted a bowl of cherries and ended up with stained fingertips and under my nails. 4) Yay I love finding gorgeous cherry recipes for my pinterest Cherry Everything board!!!

  9. I just discovered that I like cherries — can't wait to try this on chicken or pork!

  10. That is SUCH an awesome idea! I'll be making this for my husband – he loves BBQ sauces and I bet he'll love this one, too!!

  11. Oh yum! I made a cherry bbq sauce last year for ribs a couple of times…didn't think to try it on chicken!! Smart gal!

  12. This looks delicious! I have about 3 pounds of cherries in the fridge from a huge sale at WholePaychex – I see this cherry BBQ sauce on my culinary must make list this week!

  13. I love cherries and bbq sauce so I'm sure I'd love this.

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