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Tangy & Savory Berry BBQ Sauce

Ingredients assembled for an herbal bbq sauce. Bilberries, sage, paprika, minced garlic, honey, and chipolte powder come together to create a dark and delicious bbq sauce.

The summer grilling season is here! Although there are many of us to who love to grill year-round, there is nothing like cooking outside on a beautiful, warm summer evening surrounded by loved ones. Try out this spicy barbecue sauce recipe we’ve created with all sorts of good-for-you herbs and spices. As always, feel free to customize to suit your tastes!

Savory Summer Berry Barbecue Sauce Recipe


Skewers of tofu are fresh off the grill and smothered in bbq sauce. Served on a plate with fresh herbs and a bowl with fresh vegetables.


  1. Reconstitute bilberries by pouring a cup of boiling water over them in a bowl and letting steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Mash up bilberries to turn them into a paste. Set aside.
  3. Heat sesame oil over medium-high heat and add garlic and onion, stirring to incorporate.
  4. Allow to saute for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Add tomato sauce, water, maple syrup, molasses, bilberries, and all of the spices. Stir well with a whisk or wooden spoon.
  6. Turn heat down to medium, add apple cider vinegar, and simmer for up to one hour, just until sauce is thick and the flavors have combined well.
  7. Use sauce to baste protein of choice while grilling, sauteing, or roasting.

Extra sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week, and can be frozen for up to one month.


Need more reasons to fire up the grill?

Try These Spicy Grilled Adobo Squash Tacos 


You may also enjoy:

Pinterest link to Mountain Rose Herbs. Grilled BBQ tofu skewers on a plte with fresh herbs, a bowl of herbal bbq sauce.

Topics: Culinary, Recipes, Specialty Ingredients


Written by Mason on June 17, 2019

Mason Hutchison is the founder of HerbRally, a podcast and website that promotes herbalism education and events. He has completed herbalism apprenticeships at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies. Mason is the Events & Outreach Strategist for Mountain Rose Herbs. His day-to-day work involves organizing community events such as the Free Herbalism Project, as well as attending herbal conferences throughout the country. He is the co-organizer of one of the longest running herbal events in the US, the Breitenbush Herbal Conference. He is also on the board of directors for the Eugene Tea Festival. He has previously volunteered for the Occupy Medical herb team and the Native Plant Society of Oregon – Emerald Chapter. Mason is a proud father, avid basketball and ping pong player, spring water gatherer, and an enthusiast in the art of frugal nutrition.

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