There are a ton of more than decent BBQ sauces in stores these days, so it’s worth asking why you would ever make your own.
There are really only two answers that make any sense:
1) You like cooking and making sauces.
2) You're making something that you can’t find in the stores!
I can’t speak exactly to #1, but I’m assuming you generally like the idea of cooking. What I can speak to is the fact that this blackberry BBQ sauce
is very unique and impossible to find (to my knowledge) unless you make it!
Obviously, you’ll need to start this recipe with some good blackberries.
Add the berries to a pot with the chicken stock to start the sauce. You can absolutely use any kind of stock you happen to have. Cook this down for a few minutes on a high simmer until the berries break down and you can easily mash them.
This will take five minutes or so. Then let the mixture cool for a few minutes and process it in a blender until it’s completely smooth. Or at least as smooth as it can get.
There will be a ton of little seeds from the fresh berries in the sauce at this point, and you do not want these in your final BBQ sauce. So the most important step of making this sauce is to strain it through a mesh strainer after blending it. Very important!
Once the sauce is strained, add it back to the pot along with all the other ingredients and bring it back to a simmer. Turn the heat down to medium and let this simmer like crazy.
Cook this down until the sauce is super-thick and easily coats the back of the spoon. This will take at least 15-20 minutes.
Once this sauce is done, you can slather it on almost anything. Pork, chicken, or sturdy veggies like mushrooms are all great options.
I went with chicken… specifically chicken legs. I was going to grill these suckers but then it started raining so I decided to just roast them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Bake until they are almost cooked through and then start basting the chicken with the sauce.
I basted my chicken legs three times as they roasted and I would do the same if they were on the grill. You want a nice layer of sauce to build up.
For a nice pairing, serve with a small side salad and some Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips! Nick believes this BBQ sauce could save any meat from ruin. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.