In less than an hour, you can make this homemade cherry barbecue sauce that you can smear on your favorite grilling meats, use as a dipping sauce, or simmer into bbq cocktail meatballs or pulled pork.

Cherry Barbecue Sauce Recipe

This cherry barbecue sauce recipe is a nice balance of sweet and savory with a little smoky spicy kick.

Course Pantry Ingredients
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry barbecue sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 32 tablespoons
Calories 25 kcal
Author Cook a Good Life



  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and stir briefly, about 30 seconds.

  2. Add cherries, tomato sauce, sugar, molasses, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, chili powder, pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper to the pot and stir to combine. 

  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the cherries are soft and the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. 

  4. Puree the cherry barbecue sauce with an immersion blender or food processor. Use immediately, pour into a jar and refrigerate up to 2 weeks, or place in freezer containers and freeze up to a year. Makes about 2 cups.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoons)
Calories 25 Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.4g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Potassium 60mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 5.4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 2.7g
Protein 0.2g 0%
Calcium 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.