Strawberry BBQ Sauce

Yep, you read that right! Strawberry BBQ sauce is a thing. It is wonderfully tasty on your favorite prepared chicken! I personally love it drizzled over a grilled chicken salad! You can make it spicy or leave it simply sweet and tangy – your choice!


1 small orange habanero pepper – seeds discarded, chopped fine – (optional)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tbsp. fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 10 oz. jar of your favorite strawberry fruit spread (not jelly!)
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dried mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Put it all together:

  1. In a medium pot, add the habanero pepper, garlic, ginger, olive oil, a pinch of salt, and fresh strawberries.
  2. Cook over medium heat until the strawberries start to break down, about 6-7 minutes.
  3. Add in the fruit spread, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and dried mustard.
  4. Bring to a light simmer, stirring until well combined.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool at least a half an hour.
  6. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth.
  7. Return the sauce back to the pan and bring to a simmer and allow it to reduce for about 10 minutes more, over low heat.
  8. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Remember, this sauce will continue to thicken as it cools – so be sure to not overcook it!

NOTE: This is a sauce that will burn quickly on a grill. If you are going to brush on your grilled chicken – wait till the last 5-10 minutes of grilling to put the sauce on your chicken. You can also toss cubed or thinly sliced chicken in the sauce and serve over rice for a new twist on a Sweet n Sour Chicken!

Store in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge (if it lasts that long!)

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Lisa Bonner

LisaB has been creating recipes since she learned to cook waaaaay back in the late 70s/early 80s and has written over 50 recipe books! Her fondest memories are hanging out in the kitchen with her Grampa Eddie, helping him to make his famous Jewish Apple Cake. You can find LisaB on Facebook by using #CheesecakeNation and #CookiesAreLife.

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