Blackberry Grilling Sauce
Summer is finally here! Which means it’s grilling season, and berry season and watermelon season and many other things.
We have every grill tool in the book after getting married – Mike had a groom’s shower thrown in his honor with a grill theme. Honestly, it was the most fun I have ever had at a shower. I think it was because these women knew him so well and the entire shower was customized to him. Sliders potato salad, etc. for dinner. Then we went downstairs for games where we shot nerf guns at empty beer cans – it was hilarious. After presents they served his favorite dessert – warm brownies, cold ice cream. He was a happy guy when we left – he kept saying “I love those women” (they were some of his mom’s best friends).
Anyway – because we have all of these gadgets, I feel very confident in my grilling abilities – probably even a little over confident. (Usually I burn things and lie to everyone saying “It’s Cajun” – ha!) This summer we plan to use as many tools as possible! This time I didn’t use anything fancy since it was a simple pork tenderloin, but I need to try fish on the grill planks we got and fajitas and corn on the cob and many other things. So, here’s hoping there are MANY more grilling posts here!
What’s your favorite thing to grill in the summer time?? I’m looking for ideas!!
Blackberry Grilling Sauce
Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
1 cup of blackberries - I used a HEAPING cup, because I love blackberries
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1/3 cup of water
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of molasses
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of corn starch - add more as needed to get a consistency you like
In a medium saucepan - a much deeper one than you actually need, add the blackberries, brown sugar and water and cook over medium heat. The berries will break down and the sugar will make a thicker consistency. With an immersion blender blend the berry mixture until it's smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. *If you do not have an immersion blender, simply pour the ingredients into a normal blender, blend and pour back into the pan.
Pour the mixture through a strainer into another bowl - this just got the last few seeds out, you can skip this step if you don't mind them! Pour over your grilled meat of choice! I used pork tenderloin - grilled it up and then pour the sauce over the top.
My sauce was a bit runnier than I would have liked it to be (see how it ran into my watermelon!?) So, I updated the recipe to add corn starch. If you want it thicker, add a bit more, if you want it runnier, add just the teaspoon.
I baked sweet potatoes - 400 degrees for about an hour - this takes forethought and had chopped watermelon on the side. Perfect summer dinner!