Get ready to elevate your barbecue game with our mouthwatering Blueberry and Maple BBQ Sauce for Ribs! This special recipe combines the sweetness of ripe blueberries with the rich, smoky flavor of maple syrup to create a truly unique and delectable sauce that will have your taste buds dancing. Whether you’re hosting a backyard cookout, a family dinner, or just craving some delicious ribs, this sauce will take your meal to the next level. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey that marries the best of sweet and savory flavors.

The combination of fruit-based sauces and barbecue has a rich history, dating back to Native American and early colonial culinary traditions. Blueberries and maple syrup, both native to North America, have long been used in various recipes. This sauce pays homage to these traditions while adding a modern twist, making it a perfect companion to your favorite grilled ribs.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: Approximately 2 cups of sauce


For the Blueberry and Maple BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Ribs:

  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • Salt and pepper to season


1. Preparing the Ribs:

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 300-350°F or 150-175°C).
  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for better flavor penetration.
  • Season both sides of the ribs generously with salt and pepper.

2. Grilling the Ribs:

  • Place the seasoned ribs on the grill over indirect heat.
  • Close the lid and grill for about 2.5 to 3 hours, turning occasionally, until the ribs are tender and have a nice char.
  • During the last 15 minutes of grilling, start basting the ribs with the Blueberry and Maple BBQ Sauce.

3. Making the Blueberry and Maple BBQ Sauce:

  • In a saucepan, combine the blueberries, maple syrup, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir well and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the blueberries break down.

4. Finalizing the Ribs:

  • Once the ribs are cooked to perfection, generously brush them with the Blueberry and Maple BBQ Sauce on both sides.
  • Grill the sauced ribs for an additional 5-10 minutes, allowing the sauce to caramelize and stick to the ribs.
  • Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing.


Serving Size: 2 tablespoonsAmount per Serving
Calories: 50Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 50mgTotal Carbohydrates: 13g
Dietary Fiber: 1gSugars: 11g
Protein: 0g

The Blueberry and Maple BBQ Sauce for Ribs is a delightful blend of sweet and savory flavors that will make your barbecue experience truly special. The combination of juicy blueberries and the natural sweetness of maple syrup creates a sauce that pairs perfectly with tender, smoky ribs. Whether you’re a seasoned grillmaster or just starting out, this recipe is sure to impress your family and friends. So fire up the grill, slather on this luscious sauce, and get ready to savor the unique and delicious taste of these mouthwatering ribs. It’s a culinary adventure you won’t want to miss!

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