Grilled Chicken with Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Blackberry BBQ Sauce

What do Oregon berries and summertime have in common? That’s right…barbeque!

Ingredients Preparation
Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 cups (10 oz) frozen blackberries thawed
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 heaping T fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper
  • A few shakes of crushed red chile peppers (to taste)
  • 8 Chicken drumsticks or bone in thighs
Sauce and Grilling Steps

  1. Combine the blackberries and chicken stock in medium-sized sauce pan, stir and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir and lower the heat to a simmer. Let the sauce simmer for about 15 minutes, gently crushing the berries with the back of a wooden spoon and stirring to make sure it doesn’t stick.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. Press through a mesh sieve or food mill to remove seeds from mix.
  5. Return sauce to the pot, add remaining ingredients simmer until sauce is thick and will coat the back of a spoon.
  6. Grill chicken pieces until nearly done.
  7. Divide BBQ sauce in half; use one half to brush chicken with BBQ sauce several times near the end of cooking.
  8. Reserve other half of BBQ sauce to serve with chicken at the table.

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