Saturday, August 23, 2008

Burp's Blueberry BBQ Experiment

So, we got it in our craw to make barbequed ribs this weekend.

The desire to make ribs isn't particularly unusual around our house. I'd venture a guess that we do it at least a couple of times over the course of the summer, and sometimes even during the winter months if we get the hankering. We even make our own barbeque sauce most of the time. But, this time it was different.

"Let's do something different," I suggested to Peef.
"OK," responded Peef.
(titillating dialogue we have, I know... it comes from being married for almost ten years)
"How about a blueberry barbeque sauce?" I suggested.
"Ooooh," he crooned, "Let's do that!"

And the adventure began.
Now, blueberries are just about one of my favorite things, so the thought of using them in a barbeque sauce really piqued my interest. I was even more excited when we found these beauties at the market.

Oooh. Aaaah. I could have stared at those blueberries all day long. But, we had barbeque sauce to make. So, I dragged out all of the usual suspects. Apple cider vinegar, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, onion, garlic... oh, yeah, and a bit of jalapeno pepper and chipotle for some smoky kick.
I whirred the blueberries around for a while in the food processor. And then mixed them up with the other ingredients.
After setting to simmer on the stove for a while, we had something that looked (and tasted) pretty good. So, we rushed out to the grill and slathered it on our ribs.
I'm pleased to say, the ribs turned out beautifully. In fact, they came into the house looking just like this (yes -- surrounded by all sorts of funny little blueberry groupies donning parsley fans!).
I'm pleased to say that the experimenting was a success (and on the first try... we were impressed). The sauce was a slurping good time.

And we licked our plates clean. Well, almost.

Want the recipe? Oh, alright!
Burp's Blueberry Barbeque Sauce

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  1. Holy crap. That's brilliant. Ya'll should market that immediately.

  2. Oh you are good! This looks amazing? Can't wait to try it!

  3. You are amazing! I would never have thought of blueberry BBq sauce!! The Blond Duck is right! You need to bottle this and sell it!!

  4. Blueberry barbecue sauce - how fantastic is that?!! I can imagine that would be really, really good. So if blueberries are "superfoods", does that mean these ribs are actually HEALTHY too? You may change the world with this :-)

  5. I loove blueberries. There was a fruit salad at a dinner I was at tonight and I managed to scoop almost all of the blueberries out of the bowl and score them for myself before anyone else got any...
    This sauce sounds awesome!

  6. Cool. Purple ribs! All kinds of fruit have glazed ribs before. Why not blueberries. I like how you think outside the box.

    If it weren't for Sir Pickypants and his anti-pork bias, I'd be all over this recipe. Grrrr

  7. Haha I like how complicated your conversations are... It's good to hear 10 years does that :)

    Blueberries are BBQ are such a great flavor that no one ever thinks about. I wonder if stores are going to start doing fruit BBQ sauce?

  8. wow, that sounds great! I am all about distinctly different BBQ sauces - and I do like ones that incorporate fruits (like peach, guava or mango). I bet it would go great on all sorts of things! Isn't it fun to play with food! ?


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