Yes, Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce is a thing, my friend assured me. And it goes on a Bison Burger with goat cheese, you’ve got to try it!
So I did. Someone else figured out that bison and berries were a magical combination, I just needed to make the sauce. This berry barbecue sauce complements the meat and the creamy goat cheese seals the deal. If you need to add another not so everyday burger and a special barbecue sauce to your summer grilling list I’d say try this one.
Berry Picking – A Great Canadian Past Time
Saskatoons as we call them, are a wild berry native to the Canadian prairies and British Columbia, as well as the Northwestern and North Central United States. For me saskatoons are a local berry picked from bushes at the side of the road. As a young adult I picked saskatoons when I was water skiing. There are saskatoon bushes in a secret location across the lake from our family cabin. In July those bushes are loaded with berries so when we stopped to buy boat gas I picked berries and my mom turned them into her famous Very Berry Pie.
For this recipe my saskatoons came right from my friends’ garden. Her prolific bushes are taller than me and provide more berries than she can manage. I was fortunate enough to be there for an end-of-the-season harvest and that is part of the inspiration for this Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce.
But you don’t need saskatoons. Find some fresh berries at a farmers markets or go berry picking at a U-Pick farm for a fun summer activity. Near Calgary Solstice Berry Farm is the place to go to pick saskatoon berries.
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Organize For Success
Half the battle managing food in your fridge is a system for storing and labeling. I use a variety of sizes of Mason jars for everything from soup to nuts. My system involves many sizes of short and tall jars (half-cup, one-cup, two-cup and four-cup sizes). The beauty is that I only use two sizes of lids for all of these jars. I have regular size lids and wide mouth size lids, that’s it!
So make your sauce and label it. Once you’ve had it on the bison burgers try it on grilled pork (especially ribs) or chicken. Brush it on the meat near the end of the grilling time and cook it long enough to heat through and stick to the meat. Serve extra sauce on the side.
Let me know in the comments below what you used it on.
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Saskatoon Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- ¼ cup finely diced onion (white or red)
- 1 Tbsp finely diced jalapeno (1 small jalapeno)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup fruit vinegar (raspberry, red wine or rice vinegar)
- 1 tsp Tabasco or your favourite hot sauce
- 2 cups saskatoon berries, blueberries or a combination of both (fresh or frozen)
- Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add onion and jalapeno. Cook stirring for 3 minutes.
- Add brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, vinegar and hot sauce.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add berries.
- Simmer 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool.
- Puree sauce and pour into jars. Label and refrigerate.