Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

I'm still on blueberries. 
I know you're all thinking, "How many blueberries can this girl possibly have?" 
And I'm here to tell you it's something close to five pounds. 
So, a cup here and a cup there, believe it or not, I've barely made a dent. 

Today, I'm branching out and exploring some savory blueberry options.
Last weekend, I realized that it had just been too long since we'd
been to a cookout and decided to throw something small together. 
Now, if we're being really strict on the definition of a cookout, this event won't fit the bill.
I cooked everything in the house because, for reasons my husband has not fully explained to me, our grill is not yet operational this summer.  But we did eat outside so that has to count for something.
On the menu for our impromptu, prepared inside, enjoyed outside meal were baby back ribs with this BBQ sauce, potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans and roasted zucchini and onions.  Yum!
Have a good laugh imagining me trying to stage artistic barbecue sauce photos.
We used this sauce to glaze ribs, but I think it could be used in place of
traditional barbecue sauce in pretty much any dish. 
Sweet, smoky, just the right amount of heat, this sauce has plenty of applications,
I'm thinking I'll try it on chicken wings next.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Printable Recipe

You'll Need...
1 cup blueberries
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons chipotle salsa
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2  teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan and bring to boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Uncover and, using the back of a spoon, crush the blueberries.  You will notice the sauce takes on a beautiful dark pinkish/purplish color.  Continue to simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes more, or until the sauce has reduced and thickened to your desired consistency.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce.



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