Delicious Homemade Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce

Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce is packed full of flavor with the natural sweetness of the cherries and maple syrup. It features a welcoming warmth of the ginger, cinnamon, and rosemary.

Make this Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce Ahead of Time for AMAZING Flavor!

BBQ sauce is a staple in our house. We enjoy an assortment of flavors and heat levels. I’m the only one who really enjoys the warmer ones, but I can go for everything from sweet to savory. This particular sauce has quickly become a favorite because of the sweet and savory combination.

I highly recommend making this a day or two before you plan on using it. This gives the sauce time to fully develop all of the flavors within it. You could even make up several batches and pack in mason jars to give as gifts!

This flavor-packed BBQ sauce combines the natural sweetness of cherries and maple syrup with the welcoming warmth of the ginger, cinnamon, and rosemary. You will want to use it on everything from ribs, to pork chops, to chicken.

Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce is packed full of flavor with the natural sweetness of the cherries and maple syrup. It features a welcoming warmth of the ginger, cinnamon, and rosemary.

Ingredients & Tools You’ll Need to Make Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Medium Shallot
  • Fresh Garlic Cloves
  • Fresh or Frozen Dark Cherries
  • Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Maple Syrup
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper
  • Instant Pot
  • Wooden Spoon/Spatula
  • Blender or Food Processor

How to Make Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce:

Add olive oil to Instant Pot and select the “Sauté” function on the high temperature setting. Add shallot and garlic and sauté until soft and slightly golden, approximately 3-4 minutes.

Turn Instant Pot off and add remaining ingredients, including the liquid from the tomatoes and the liquid smoke, if using. Stir to combine and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

Add lid and lock into place. Make sure the valve is set to the “Sealing” position and set the “Manual” setting to high for 10 minutes. After a brief pause, the Instant Pot will automatically start building pressure.

When finished cooking, do a quick release (QR) of the pressure according to the manufacturer’s suggestions before unlocking and removing the lid.

Transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.

Note: For a thicker sauce, return to the Instant Pot and bring to a low boil using the “Sauté” function set to high. Heat, stirring frequently, until the excess liquid is reduced and the sauce reaches the desired consistency.

Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce is packed full of flavor with the natural sweetness of the cherries and maple syrup. It features a welcoming warmth of the ginger, cinnamon, and rosemary.
Yield: 8 Servings

Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce

Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce is packed full of flavor with the natural sweetness of the cherries and maple syrup. It features a welcoming warmth of the ginger, cinnamon, and rosemary.

Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce is packed full of flavor with the natural sweetness of the cherries and maple syrup. It features a welcoming warmth of the ginger, cinnamon, and rosemary.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 2½ cups fresh or frozen dark cherries, pitted
  • 1 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies, with liquid
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke (optional)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Add olive oil to Instant Pot and select the “Sauté” function on the high temperature setting. Add shallot and garlic and sauté until soft and slightly golden, approximately 3-4 minutes.

Turn Instant Pot off and add remaining ingredients, including the liquid from the tomatoes and the liquid smoke, if using. Stir to combine and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

Add lid and lock into place. Make sure the valve is set to the “Sealing” position and set the “Manual” setting to high for 10 minutes. After a brief pause, the Instant Pot will automatically start building pressure.


When finished cooking, do a quick release (QR) of the pressure according to the manufacturer’s suggestions before unlocking and removing the lid.

Transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.

Notes

For a thicker sauce, return to the Instant Pot and bring to a low boil using the “Sauté” function set to high. Heat, stirring frequently, until the excess liquid is reduced and the sauce reaches the desired consistency.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 6/20/2021

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