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Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce

Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce

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Grilling season is quickly approaching and I am getting ready by making some homemade BBQ sauces starting with this seasonal strawberry BBQ sauce. This strawberry BBQ sauce was inspired by the flavours in my strawberry and balsamic grilled chicken salad and my balsamic strawberry and chicken pizza with sweet onions and smoked bacon which predominantly feature the strawberry and balsamic vinegar flavours along with some Asian influences. I really wanted to be able to taste the strawberries in this BBQ sauce so that meant starting with a lot of strawberries and roasting them to concentrate their flavour. I like a BBQ sauce with a nice sweet side so for the sweetener I went with a combo of maple syrup and some homemade strawberry jam to add even more strawberry flavour. Up next was the balsamic vinegar for some tartness, soy sauce for the saltiness and a smoky and spicy chipotle chili in adobo. Continuing with the Asian influence I added plenty of garlic and ginger along with some BBQ sauce staples with a fresh cilantro finish. I have to say that this roasted strawberry BBQ sauce is addictively good! The strawberry flavours shine through and it has a really nice balance of sweet, spicy, tart and salty and lets not forget those sultry smoky undertones.

For my next batch I plan on adding bacon since both the salad and the pizza that inspired this dressing include bacon!

Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce
This roasted strawberry BBQ sauce is great on grilled chicken and also by the spoonful!

Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce

Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce

A sweet, spicy and smoky strawberry BBQ sauce.


Servings: 2 cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled (if they are large cut them in half)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves/jam
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Directions
  1. Place the strawberries in a single layer on a baking pan lined with foil folded up on the sides to capture the juices and roast in a preheated 425F oven until they start to caramelize, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Bring everything except the cilantro to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat, mix in the cilantro and puree in a food processor or blender or using an immersion blender.

Option: Add 4 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon.

Use in:
Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs with Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce
Strawberry BBQ Chicken Club Sandwich with Bacon, Avocado and Goat Cheese
Strawberry BBQ Chicken Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Bacon, Avocado and Goat Cheese

Similar Recipes:
Roasted Apple BBQ Sauce
Roast Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Homemade BBQ Sauce

45 comments:

Tieghan said...

I think is would go crazy for this bbq sauce! Roasted strawberries!! That sounds awesome! What a great idea, I can not wait to try it!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch said...

I bet this tastes amazing, Kevin!!! I love that you included strawberries. Yum!!!

Irina @ wandercrush said...

This sounds absolutely amazing. Strawberries are really so much more versatile than I thought!

Johanna GGG said...

great sauce - I could just imagine this sauce with halloumi cheese (not that I have ever had halloumi with bbq sauce before)

Kevin Lynch said...

Johanna GGG: That sounds like the perfect excuse for me to pick up some halloumi and try!

Erika said...

Have Mercy...Roasted Strawberry BBQ sauce sounds incredible!!

Marie Matter said...

WOAH. Totally making this! I love my BBQ sauce a tad sweet, and usually make a peach or raspberry version, but strawberries sound incredible! Pinned!

Gwen said...

Oh my goodness! How is this just now coming into my life!

Arthur in the Garden! said...

Oooo, That looks interesting!

vanillasugarblog said...

Kevin I never ever would have thought to use strawberries in a BBQ sauce, but it makes perfect sense.
They are naturally sweet and definitely add a layer.
All homemade BBQ sauces have layers of flavor.
Genius!

Anonymous said...

Would love to try this but my husband's stomach doesn't tolerate strawberry seeds. Do they get pulverized?

Alesia Barker-Smith said...

Sounds amazing! Just got a question. Do I roast strawberries with other ingredients or just boil all together?thank you

Joanne said...

I love fruity bbq sauces and this one sounds crazy awesome! Roasting the strawberries must deepen their flavor so much!

Jill P. said...

This sounds amazing to make a chicken pizza with. I just pinned this as I will be making it very soon! Love your recipes, I have you listed as a side bar favorite on my blog :) - Jill (MamaGing.com)

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: The strawberry seeds are still going to be in there. You would need to strain the sauce through a sieve that is fine enough to catch the seeds and let the rest pass though.

Kevin Lynch said...

Alesia Barker-Smith: You roast the strawberries and then boil them along with everything else.

J Wynia said...

Hmmm. I grew up eating strawberry jam on fried fish (walleye and northern pike we caught ourselves), which everyone thinks is weird until they try it. Will definitely be making a batch of this this weekend.

Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence said...

Last year I made a strawberry-bourbon bbq sauce. Such a tasty combination. I'm need to roast my strawberries this year!

Moira said...

We're running a trial on this over the weekend. I'm using honey instead of maple syrup, and leaving out the mustard. A friend's subbing tomato sauce for the ketchup and salt for the soy sauce. It'll be fun, cooking through cyber-space ! Can't wait to taste this.

Stephanie said...

Sounds amazing!

Anonymous said...

Kevin, do you think this is acidic enough to "can" in a water bath?

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Yes it should be.

Jennie said...

This sounds wonderful. It is hard to get fresh strawberries where I live overseas. Do you think it would work to thaw whole frozen strawberries, and then roast them?

Kevin Lynch said...

Jennie: I do not think that frozen strawberry would roast all that well but you can use the frozen strawberries without roasting.

Heather said...

I just made this and it tastes AMAZING! I love things that hit you with a little bit of heat after you taste everything else, so the spice level here is perfect. My batch is sitting in my crock pot with some chicken breasts for pulled chicken right now!

Maeralin said...

I made this as gifts for people in my department. There's a wonderful balance of heat, sweet, and tangy/sour. The second batch came out better than the first, because I made very sure to transfer every last drop of those roasted strawberry juices that the oven cooked out into the sauce.

Rachel Adamus said...

We are going strawberry picking tomorrow, I cannot wait to try this! How long does this last in the fridge? Does it freeze well?

Kevin Lynch said...

Rachel Adamus: This will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks and even longer in the freezer!

henthorm said...

Do you think this would do well being canned?

Kevin Lynch said...

henthorm: This should work well with proper canning methods.

Anonymous said...

I made this sauce today. It is SO good! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Julie K.

Callan Cudd said...

How long does this sauce keep or if refrigerated? Looks amazing! Cannot wait to try!

Kevin Lynch said...

Callan Cudd: This will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks and even longer in the freezer!

Joy Bodwell said...

Just made this today! I almost can't believe anything can taste so good! You've done it again Kevin, and we thank you :) Yummy yummy!

Toni S said...

Hey:) Is there now a recipe including bacon?

Kiki Surlechamp said...

Love it! I included the bacon - just can´t say no to bacon! Almost ate the whole jar for dinner and saved the rest for breaky ...with baguette and goat cheese !! YUM

Anonymous said...

Cannot wait to try this, looks amazing, I will definitely add the bacon. The baquette with the goat cheese sounds like a great idea.
Thanks Kikii :)

Anonymous said...

Where can you find the chipotle pepper in adobe?

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: They are usually in the Mexican section of your grocery store and they will be in small cans. If you cannot find them you can replace them with cayenne for the heat and smoked paprika for the smokiness.

Jake DeTrempe said...

Made this last night. I used two chipotles because I like the spicy! It is great, can't wait to bbq it up with some chicken tonight!

Kevin Lynch said...

Jake DeTrempe: I'm glad you like it and enjoy it on the chicken!

Anonymous said...

Sounds amazing ...... Does anyone know how long the sauce will last in the refrigerator once made ?

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week.

The Perpetual Ausländerin said...

This sauce is AMAZING! It's going to be the hit of our Strawberry Festival. Thank you!

Rachel Farnsworth said...

Using this recipe for my sister's wedding dinner this weekend. It's a great one! Thanks Kevin!

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