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Cherry Habanero BBQ Sauce

My Cherry Habanero BBQ Sauce recipe is a sweet and spicy sauce perfect for grilled chicken or pork.
Author Quinn Caudill


  • 1 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Use a bbq sauce of your choice or ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Honey Habanero sauce (substitute with hot sauce such as franks)
  • 1/2 cup orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbs habanero jelly pepper jelly will also work, Optional
  • 16 oz fresh pitted cherries chopped (can also use (16 oz bag frozen pitted cherries, thawed, chipped), about 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, and garlic, saute until onion is soft and translucent.
  3. Stir in ancho chile powder, and smoked paprika, toast for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Stirring often.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Puree with an Immersion blender until smooth. .
  7. Use 1 cup of sauce to baste the Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fire Sticks
  8. Serve grilled chicken with remaining sauce and fresh cherries. Would also go great with pork.

Recipe Notes

First published by Quinn Caudill for DadWhats4Dinner.com ©2015