Grilled Chicken with Blackberry Barbecue Sauce / by Brian Staffield


If romantic comedies have taught us anything it's that Paul Rudd will continue to be in every movie ever made and that perfect couples exist and they'll eventually end up together, even if it takes some work. 

Blackberries and barbecue sauce are that perfect couple. They were meant to be together.

Sure, blackberries seem like a perfect match for pies and tarts, but no. We beg to differ. So, here it is: the unlikely love story between blackberries and barbecue sauce. 


Blackberries can be prickly, but their sweetness eventually wins almost everyone over. Meanwhile, barbecue sauce is more of a wildcard - it can be sweet, spicy, salty, or even bitter. When these two met, they both ordered the same Frappuccino while in line at Starbucks; barbecue sauce knew it wanted blackberries inside of it (things just got real saucy!). But the blackberries were reluctant at first, mainly because their parents always assumed they would end up with a nice pastry. After barbecue sauce almost lost blackberries to a cocktail, they decided to add a little heat and spice to their relationship, and become more than just work colleagues. In time they discovered what they had together was true love. They eventually got married and hired a pretty good photographer for their wedding and ended up having a beautiful chicken breast together. 

There you have it kids, true love always wins in the end, except in real life where everything usually falls apart and it's more like the ending of Wet Hot American Summer.

Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Blackberries
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup diced Red Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons ground Dry Mustard Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Chile Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted add the garlic and onions. Occasionally stir the onions and garlic until they start to caramelize. Stir in the brown sugar and keep occasionally stirring to avoid burning for about 3 minutes. 
  2. Stir in the blackberries and don't be afraid to mush them up, I mean they're going to get pureed later. Stir in the all the dry spices, then add the ketchup, vinegar, and worcestershire sauce.
  3. Simmer over medium heat for another 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Puree with a hand blender until smooth. Serve over chicken or cornbread or literally anything you want to make more delicious.

Grilled Chicken Breasts

  • Chicken
  • Blackberry Barbecue sauce
  1. Coat the chicken in a layer of the sauce. Grill it until properly cooked. That's it. 

Corn Bread

  • 11/4 cup Cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the milk,  and eggs. 
  2. Pour into an 8-inch round baking pan and cook for 15 or until golden brown.

By the way, serving the chicken on a bed of dandelion greens adds a nice splash of color to the plate. Enjoy! All photos by Katy Weaver