Jalapeno Cherry BBQ Sauce

***If you found me through the North Ogden Connection magazine (or Roy, Syracuse, etc.), here is the CORRECT recipe for my BBQ sauce. It was completely misprinted in the June issue that just came out!

I love taking my family to Cherry Days every summer. It’s one of my favorite things about living in North Ogden! I love the parade and the small, hometown pride that fills the streets here. I also love my giant cherry tree that gives us thousands of cherries every year. We get so many that I have to get creative in ways to use them up. My Jalapeno Cherry BBQ sauce is a delicious, unique way to use them! Dark sweet cherries add the perfect natural sweetness to this easy, homemade sauce. I used frozen cherries this time but can’t wait to make this BBQ sauce again with fresh cherries from my tree!

Jalapeno Cherry BBQ Sauce

  • Servings: Makes 3 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

12 oz (or 1 ½ cups) fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ cups ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
2 teaspoons ground mustard
Salt and pepper

Directions

Heat a large saucepan to medium-high and add butter. Add onions and jalapeno and cook until softened and browned.
Turn heat down to medium and add garlic. Cook about 1 minute then add remaining ingredients.
Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes. Carefully transfer to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
Makes about 3 cups. Freezes well if needed.

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