Homemade Smoke Cherry BBQ Sauce

by Trishia Mae Cordova on May 06, 2024

Homemade Smoke Cherry BBQ Sauce


Calling all grill masters and barbecue enthusiasts! Take your grilling game to the next level with this delicious and versatile Smoke Cherry BBQ Sauce. This recipe boasts a perfect balance of sweet and smoky flavors, making it an ideal companion for any grilled meats or vegetables.


Prep time: 1 hr

Cook time: 45 min

Serving: 5 jars


What you’ll need:

  • 3lbs sweet cherries
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne powder



  • Rinse and pit cherries. Transfer them to the pot. Add garlic and onion and add them to the pot. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • Boil for 15 minutes over medium-low heat. Remove the lid and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until thickened.
  • Transfer the mixture to the food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Return to low heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Attach lids and rings. Process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
  • Remove the jars to a towel-lined surface to cool without moving for 24 hours.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for 1 to 1 1/2 years.


Helpful Tips:

  • While sweet cherries are recommended, feel free to experiment with different varieties like tart cherries or a blend of both.
  • Want an extra kick? Add a chipotle pepper or a few drops of your favorite hot sauce for a smoky and spicy flavor.
  • If your sauce seems too thin after simmering, add a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water) and cook until desired consistency is reached.
  • Don't have liquid smoke? Hickory or cherry wood chips can be added to your grill for a smoky infusion while simmering the sauce.


Serving Suggestions:

  • Brush Smoke Cherry BBQ Sauce on chicken, ribs, or salmon during the last few minutes of grilling for a caramelized and flavorful glaze.
  • This sauce goes perfectly with grilled vegetables, chicken wings, or even roasted potatoes.
  • Elevate your next burger by adding a dollop of Smoke Cherry BBQ Sauce for a sweet and tangy twist.
  • Leftover pulled pork or brisket never tasted better on a toasted bun slathered with this delicious sauce.


With its vibrant flavor and long shelf life, this Smoke Cherry BBQ Sauce is a must-try for any BBQ lover. So fire up the grill, grab your favorite protein, and get ready to experience a barbecue sensation!

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