Stemilt Cherry BBQ Sauce

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Jun. 18, 2013

If I am honest, BBQ sauce has never been one of those sauces that makes me weak in the knees, until I started exploring ways to give it a taste of heat and sweet without being too much of either one. Mixing the heat and smoke of the chipolte pepper with the sweet tang of a fresh cherry is everything I love about BBQing in a homemade bottle of summer goodness. Im using Stemilt sweet cherries because I love the fact that the Mathison family, who owns Stemilt, has orchards located on the same grounds that their ancestors homesteaded back in 1893.


Sweet cherries 3 Cup (48 tbs) (Fresh)
Tomato paste 2 Tablespoon
Apple cider vinegar 2 Tablespoon
Molasses 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce 1 1/2 Teaspoon
Orange juice 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (Pulp
Lemon zest 1 Tablespoon
Salt 2 Tablespoon
Butter 2 Tablespoon
Yellow onion 1 Medium
Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm)



1. Add the butter and thinly sliced onions to a sauce pan and simmer on low heat until the onions soften

2. Then add the chopped garlic and cook for another 2 minutes before adding the vinegar, pitted cherries and orange juice.

3. Simmer the blend for 5 minutes until the cherries start to soften, and then add the remaining ingredients, stirring the pot until the ingredients are fully blended.


4. Allow the pot to gently simmer for a further 20 minutes before using your immersion blender to liquefy the sauce.


5. Allow the sauce to cool before storing in a jar or applying to your BBQ chicken, pork or lamb.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 22

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 37Calories from Fat 10

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 1 g1.5%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 534 mg22.25%

Total Carbohydrates 7 g2.3%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 4 g

Protein %

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet