Huckleberry Barbecue Sauce

Huckleberry Barbecue Sauce

1 small onion, chopped

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 to 1 tsp. pepper

1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 cups chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 teaspoons molasses

1 cup fresh or frozen huckleberries* or blueberries


In a medium saucepan, cook onion in oil over medium heat until soft, 5 minutes. Stir in salt, chili powder, dry mustard, pepper, chile flakes, and cumin. Cook until seasonings are fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and molasses. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Add berries and simmer gently, uncovered, until softened, 25 minutes. Purée most of sauce in a blender, then stir into remaining sauce.


*Buy from specialty produce markets or, or pick your own in the wild from August through October.


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