Looking for a twist on your classic BBQ sauce? Look no further than blackberry jalapeno BBQ sauce! This unique sauce combines the sweetness of fresh blackberries with the spiciness of a jalapeno pepper for a flavor that’s sure to impress. And with ingredients like brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce, this sauce has all of the traditional flavors you know and love from BBQ sauce.
To make this sauce, simply blend together the blackberries and jalapeno, then combine with the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until thick and dark in color. Once cooled, strain the sauce to remove any seeds or pulp, and transfer to a jar for refrigeration. Use it as a marinade, sauce, or dipping sauce for your next BBQ!
But where did this unique recipe come from? Blackberries have been a popular fruit for centuries, and were even featured in ancient Greek and Roman literature. In medieval Europe, blackberries were believed to have medicinal properties and were used to treat a variety of ailments. And in the American South, blackberries have long been a staple ingredient in jams and desserts.
Add a spicy kick to this sweet fruit, and you’ve got a flavor combination that’s uniquely American. The first documented use of jalapeno peppers in food dates back to the Aztecs in Mexico, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that jalapenos became a popular ingredient in American cuisine. Today, jalapenos can be found in everything from salsa to burgers.
Combining these two ingredients may seem like an unlikely pairing, but the sweetness of the blackberries perfectly balances the spiciness of the jalapeno pepper. And with the addition of traditional BBQ sauce ingredients like brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce, this sauce is sure to be a hit at your next BBQ.
So whether you’re a fan of traditional BBQ sauce or looking to expand your flavor horizons, give blackberry jalapeno BBQ sauce a try. Your taste buds will thank you!
Ask the Chef: Pro Tips for making Blackberry Jalapeno BBQ Sauce
Handle Jalapenos with Care
When working with jalapenos, be sure to wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after handling them. The oils from the peppers can irritate your skin, eyes, or mouth. Be mindful of the jalapeno’s heat level and adjust accordingly by deseeding or using more/less peppers.
Customize to Your Taste
If you prefer a smoother sauce, strain it twice, or blend it again after straining it to get the right consistency. If it’s too sweet or too tangy, adjust by adding more honey or vinegar respectively until you reach the desired flavor.
Don’t Rush the Simmering
The sauce needs to be simmered slowly to thicken and intensify in flavor. Do not rush or increase the heat too much, or you risk burning the sauce. Stir frequently to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Use Quality Blackberries
Use fresh, ripe blackberries, as they have the best flavor. If you’re in season, consider picking your berries locally, rather than buying them at the supermarket. Frozen berries may also work but are less flavorful and may alter the consistency of the sauce.
Store the sauce in an airtight container or mason jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If you’re making a big batch, you can also freeze it in a jar or airtight plastic bag for up to three months. Thaw and heat up when ready to use.
Experiment with Pairings
This sauce pairs well with chicken, pork, or beef, and it’s also great on vegetables or tofu. Use it as a marinade or brush it on while grilling. You can also try adding it to your next pizza, burger or sandwich for a unique twist!