Recipes: Sauces

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce


Recipe by Chef Cleora Brock, Kelly’s Home Center, Salem, Oregon


      • 3 slices bacon, diced

      • 2 shallots, minced

      • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

      • 2 cups fresh blueberries

      • 1/2 cup brown sugar

      • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

      • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

      • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

      • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

      • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • Fry bacon on low until slightly crispy; remove bacon to a paper towel leaving the bacon grease in the pan. 

  • Saute shallots and jalapeno in the bacon grease over medium heat until soft, about 2 minutes. 

  • Add blueberries, sugar, vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, salt, lemon juice and cooked bacon.  Simmer until blueberries have split and sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.

  • Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor; pulse until pureed.