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Saskatoon BBQ Sauce Jar

Saskatoon Berry Barbecue Sauce

  • Author: Isabelle Boucher
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


This sweet-and-tangy barbecue sauce gets its fruity flavour from saskatoon berries, a native Canadian berry that's in season in late June and early July. It's delicious with grilled chicken or pork, or add it to any recipe you'd normally make with a bottled barbecue sauce.


  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 red hot chili, minced
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen saskatoon berries
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce


  1. In a saucepan set over medium-high heat, saute the onion and chili in olive oil until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened and berries are very soft.
  3. Using an immersion blender or food processor, blend the mixture until very smooth. (If the sauce is too thick to easily blend, add some water, a tablespoon or two at a time, until it smooths out.) Let cool, then transfer to a container.


Make It Extra-Spicy: For a spicier sauce, add an extra chili or two, or swap out the red chili with a spicier variety like scotch bonnet.

Storing Saskatoon Berry Barbecue Sauce: The finished sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to a year.

  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Canadian