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Four grilled chicken thighs with a Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe.

Blackberry Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe on Grilled Chicken Thighs

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Thighs 1x
  • Category: BBQ
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


This Blackberry Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe on Grilled Chicken Thighs are absolutely delicious and tasty. Get that grill out for some beautiful, special chicken thighs with this delicious barbeque sauce.


  • 12 Ounces, Blackberries
  • 1 cup, Ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon(s), Spices, onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon, Garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon, Salt
  • ½ teaspoon, ground, Black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon, Spices, chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon(s), Vinegar, cider
  • 1/8 teaspoon, Spices, pepper, red or cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon(s), Sauce, worcestershire
  • 2 Tablespoon, Molasses
  • 8 medium Chicken Thighs
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste


  1. Mash blackberries in a bowl with a potato masher, bartending muddler, or another item appropriate for mashing.
  2. Place blackberry mush into a fine strainer and use a wooden spoon to help push the juice through the strainer
  3. Once strained, add all ingredients to a pan and mix
  4. Bring to a simmer
  5. Simmer and mix for a minimum of 15 minutes
  6. Remove from heat and set aside
  7. Preheat grill to 450° degrees Fahrenheit, making sure to have a direct heat zone and indirect heat area
  8. Place thighs (skin side up) on indirect heat for 10 minutes
  9. flip and cook skin side down for 10 minutes
  10. Brush both sides with BBQ and cook on each side over direct heat for 3 minutes
  11. Use a thermometer to measure the temperature. If thickest part of meat 165° Fahrenheit, remove. If not, keep cooking and regularly check until you hit 165° Fahrenheit.
  12. Remove and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes
  13. Add remaining BBQ sauce as a side for each thigh
  14. EAT


  • Buy Fresh Blackberries – Fresh, ripe blackberries should be deeply colored and plump. They should be free from signs of being crushed, dented, and there should not be any mold. When picking from a bush, they should not be bright red, but a dark full reddish color and easily pulled from the plant. Much like a raspberry.
  • Clean your grill – Having a clean grill can help prevent sticking and just makes it a bit nicer.
  • Indirect and then Direct Heat – The most of the cooking time should be spent on the indirect heat and then the last several minutes on the direct heat zone.
  • Use a thermometer! – Use that meat thermometer to get your temp to safe chicken temperature of 165° degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Double the sauce – If you like extra sauce, double the sauce ingredients.