Blueberry Barbecue Chicken

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 5m
Ready In

Recipe: #39340

August 14, 2022

"A delicious twist using blueberries for a tried and true bbq chicken. Source: Chef Vivian Howard"

Original is 6 servings
  • Blue Q Sauce
  • Chicken


  • Serving Size: 1 (382.3 g)
  • Calories 406.9
  • Total Fat - 5.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 635 mg
  • Sodium - 1348 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 38.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1 g
  • Sugars - 37 g
  • Protein - 47.1 g
  • Calcium - 36.4 mg
  • Iron - 6.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Blue Q Sauce:

Step 1

In a food processor, add blueberries, vinegar, and sugar. Pulse to break up the berries into a chunky pulp. Place mixture into a saucepan; add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, covered, 10–15 minutes.

Step 2

Remove from heat; remove cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Carefully transfer the sauce to a blender. Make sure the lid is entirely sealed to prevent sauce from spattering while you blend. Blend the sauce to a smooth consistency, starting on low speed and gradually increasing to high. When sauce is smooth, strain it through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl.

Step 3

Transfer sauce back to the saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, uncovered, and reduce by ¼, about 5 minutes. The sauce should coat the back of a spoon, and the viscosity should be more like maple syrup than honey. Pour into a container and cool to room temperature. Makes about 2 cups. (Sauce will keep for up to 6 months refrigerated in a lidded container.)

Prep Chicken:

Step 4

Lay spatch-cocked chicken breast side up on a wire rack fitted over a rimmed baking sheet. Season liberally on both sides with salt and pepper (about 15 turns of a pepper mill per side). Let rest at room temperature while preheating the grill, 30 minutes.

Step 5

Grill chicken: Preheat a charcoal grill to medium-high heat, about 375 F. The coals should be ashed over in some places, with red embers burning within. Move the coals to one side of the grill to create areas of both direct and indirect heat. Place the chicken skin side up on the side of the grill over the coals (direct heat). Cover and cook, 15 minutes.

Step 6

Divide the Blue Q Sauce: half should be used for basting, while the other half should be reserved for the final baste and for serving. (If the cooled sauce has thickened too much, simply reheat in a saucepan over low heat, or briefly microwave to return to its original syrupy consistency before using.) Remove the lid. Use tongs to flip the chicken over, skin side down, onto the indirect heat side of the grill. Baste the underside of the bird with Blue Q Sauce, then gently re-position back over direct heat, still skin side down. Cover and cook, 5 minutes. Repeat this process—flipping, basting, and grilling for 5 minutes at a time, covered—2–3 more times, until chicken is fully cooked. (The leg, when tugged, should become loosened from the breast. Alternatively, a thermometer placed in the thickest part of the thigh, avoiding the bone, should register 165 F.) Discard remaining basting sauce.

Step 7

Remove chicken from the grill and place on a cutting board, skin side up. Use reserved Blue Q Sauce to baste one last time and let rest, 5 minutes. Cut the chicken into 6 or 8 pieces and drizzle once more with sauce. Serve warm or at room temperature with additional sauce on the side.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


Wow - that sauce is stupendous!!! Followed recipe as written, except it was way too hot outside to stand over the grill - so I pan-fried the chicken, slathered the sauce on, and put it under the broiler for a minute. Wow, wow, wow! I loved how tangy the sauce was, with the addition of the vinegar. It's sweet and sour at the same time. The blueberries and bay leaf play very well together, and you could definitely taste the bay influence in the sauce. What more can I say - except this will be made again! Thanks for sharing!


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(12 Jul 2023)

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