Black Forest Barbecue Sauce
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Black Forest Barbecue Sauce

Powered by cherries and red fruit: the delicious, sweet spicy and tangy black forest barbecue sauce. I like this on chicken and burgers, but anything your barbecue will probably be made better with a sauce like this.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Author: Matt


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 brown onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups passata or 2.5 cups of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cups roughly chopped cherries
  • 1 cup other mixed berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and redcurrants.
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Hot smoked paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • In a large, heavy pot melt butter and add onions. When onions are soft add garlic.
  • Once you can smell the garlic in the pan, add all other ingredients. I start with the cherries and other fruit so they break down a bit first.
  • Simmer for at least 40min, although I found longer better. Stir to ensure it isn’t catching on the bottom of the pan. The point is to reduce the moisture content.
  • Use a hand blender to make it smooth. If should have a dark colour to it, and be thick and cling to the spoon, and without any excess water.