Spicy Florida Blueberry BBQ Sauce Recipe

Florida's state chef shows us how to prepare a unique spin on basic barbecue sauce

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This uniquely spicy and sweet sauce tastes great when mopped over meat or fish. pixabay.com

This unique barbecue sauce comes to us from chef Justin Timerini. Made with fresh Florida blueberries, drizzle it over pan-seared swordfish for a sweet and savory seafood experience.

Yield 6 servings


2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup minced Florida onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh Florida jalapeño, seeded
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoon light brown sugar
3 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 cups fresh Florida blueberries
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a non-reactive saucepan. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the blueberries ketchup, vinegar, sugar, mustard and hot sauce and bring to a simmer. Simmer over low heat, stirring until thickened, about 10 minutes. Puree the sauce in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pass through a Fine strainer or sieve. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.

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