Grilled Chicken with Blackberry BBQ Sauce

What do Oregon berries and summertime have in common? That’s right…barbecue! Our recipe for Grilled Chicken with Blackberry BBQ Sauce will brighten any meal. You can use fresh, frozen, or canned Oregon blackberries and make this recipe year round. So fire up the grill and enjoy!

grilled chicken with blackberry bbq sauce


2 Cups (10 oz) fresh, frozen (thawed), or canned blackberries
1 Cup chicken stock
¼ Cup ketchup
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 heaping Tablespoon fresh minced ginger
1 teaspoon 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


Step 1
Combine the blackberries and chicken stock in medium-sized sauce pan, stir and bring to a boil.

Step 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. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Step 3
Press through a mesh sieve or food mill to remove seeds from mix.

Step 4
Return sauce to the pot, add remaining ingredients simmer until sauce is thick and will coat the back of a spoon.

Step 5
Grill chicken pieces until nearly done.

Step 6
Divide BBQ sauce in half; use one half to brush chicken with BBQ sauce several times near the end of cooking.

Step 7
Reserve other half of BBQ sauce to serve with chicken at the table.