Serves 1.5-2 cups     adjust servings

Easy Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce + RECIPE VIDEO

Preparation 10 mins Prep Time
Cook Time 15 mins Cook Time
Total Time 0:25 Total Time

This Easy Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce is made with fresh or frozen cherries and goes perfectly with chicken or pork. Make a big batch and keep it in the fridge or freezer all summer long! Includes how to recipe video


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen sweet cherries, pitted
  • 2/3 cup + 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (1/4 tsp if you like it spicy!)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


  1. In a medium pot, combine cherries, ⅔ cup water, brown sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce to medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until cherries are soft and mixture is slightly reduced.
  3. With an immersion blender (or in a food processor or a regular blender if you have one that handles hot liquids -- be sure to check!), puree cherries in the pot. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove remaining skins if desired.
  4. Return sauce to the pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Combine 1 tablespoon water and corn starch. Whisk into the sauce gradually, thickening until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Cool to room temperature and store in the refrigerator up to 2-3 weeks.


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