Zesty Aroniaberry Barbecue Sauce

Posted by Superberries on 5/16/2023 to Aronia Berry Recipes

Zesty Aroniaberry Barbecue Sauce

Aroniaberries aren't just for smoothies—they also make an incredible barbecue sauce. This berry-flavored sauce is not only delicious but also acts as a meat tenderizer. Perfect for grilling season, this recipe adds a touch of excitement with some additional spices and flavors.


•          2 cups Frozen Aroniaberries

•          ¾ cup ketchup

•          ½ cup cider vinegar

•          ½ cup packed light brown sugar

•          1 tablespoon light molasses

•          1 teaspoon chili powder

•          1 teaspoon ground black pepper

•          1/8 teaspoon pepper flakes (optional)

•          1 small onion, finely chopped

•          3 cloves garlic, minced

•          1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

•          1 teaspoon smoked paprika

•          1 teaspoon mustard powder

•          1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

•          1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

•          Zest and juice of 1 lime

•          1/2 cup water


1.        Prepare Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, combine the Aroniaberries, ketchup, cider vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, chili powder, black pepper, pepper flakes, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, mustard powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Stir in the water.

2.        Cook Sauce: Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened and chunky, about 20-25 minutes.

3.        Blend for Smoothness: For a smoother sauce, use an immersion blender to blend the mixture to your desired consistency. Alternatively, you can transfer the sauce to a blender in batches and blend until smooth.

4.        Add Citrus Twist: Stir in the lime zest and juice for a fresh, zesty finish.

5.        Cool and Store: Cool the sauce to room temperature, then transfer to a jar or airtight container. 

6.        Refrigerate until ready to use.

Serving Suggestions:

•          Use this sauce as a marinade for ribs, chicken, or pork.

•          Serve it as a condiment with grilled vegetables or tofu.

•          Brush it on your favorite grilled meats during the last few minutes of cooking for a caramelized finish.


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Enjoy your Zesty Aroniaberry Barbecue Sauce and happy grilling!