Paleo Pork Chops with Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Celebrate your independence from processed foods and refined sugars with this gluten-free, fireworks of flavor, tomato and cherry paleo barbecue sauce – just in time for your 4th of July grilling… Forget all those over-processed barbecue sauces you see in the grocery store loaded with refined sugars and who knows what. Here’s an easy-to-make, all-natural BBQ sauce that’s perfect to slather on poultry, pork or beef. Just three super-easy steps is all it takes to whip this one up: 1) Sauté, 3) Simmer and 3) Puree. That’s it. The toughest part is having the patience to let it simmer on the stove for 25 minutes while all those flavors bubble up and fill your kitchen with their heavenly aromas. But wow, is this sauce worth it!

Now this is gourmet grilling! Try this deep-red tomato and cherry barbecue sauce loaded with layers of flavors from savory and sweet to spicy with a little heat. Ideal for basting pork, poultry and beef – and it’s so easy to make too!
Now this is gourmet grilling! Try this deep-red tomato and cherry barbecue sauce loaded with layers of flavors from savory and sweet to spicy with a little heat. Ideal for pork, poultry and beef – and so easy to make too!

Here’s what you get in this one… First off, a rock-solid tomato-based sauce. Some store-bought barbecue sauces taste more like doctored-up ketchup. With this one, the rich tomato taste comes through loud and clear.

And layered on top of that, the earthy fruitiness of a full cup of dark sweet cherries – subtle and oh so good. Then you’ve got this nice undercurrent of dark, thick blackstrap molasses going on, balanced nicely with some light pure maple syrup. And of course you’re going to feel a little tang on your tongue with the apple cider vinegar and ground chipotle peppers in this sauce. [av_sidebar widget_area=’Lockerdome’ av_uid=’av-1v5ek2′]

Bush it on, grill it up, and let the party in your mouth begin!

So where did I get the idea to add cherries to a paleo barbecue sauce? Glad you asked! When I was growing up in the Northwest, we had a huge family gathering in our backyard every 4th of July. And…we had a big cherry tree back there too. So while the watermelon was chilling in the creek that ran beside our house, it was my patriotic duty to scamper up that cherry tree and pluck as many cherries as my little fingers could grab. Sometimes those cherries would wind up on top of the hand-cranked ice cream Dad would churn out, or just become part of the fresh fruit smorgasbord on our picnic table.

So this cherry-infused barbecue sauce is part tribute to simpler times and the innocence of youth. And the other part is I just wanted a really good barbecue sauce!

The next thing I’m going to make with this one is barbecued chicken breasts. After that, maybe I’ll work it into my next beef or turkey burger.

Give this one a try, and I hope you have a bang-up of a paleo barbecue at your house this 4th of July!

Paleo Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Paleo Cherry Barbecue Sauce


    Cherry Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 tbs grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbs juice from an orange
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs blackstrap molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • Yield
  • About 2 cups of Cherry Barbecue Sauce


  1. In a medium saucepan first melt butter or ghree, then add diced onion. Sauté 4-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and sauté 1 more minute
  2. Add all the above remaining ingredients to the saucepan
  3. Bring to boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for at least 25 minutes stirring occasionally
  4. Remove from heat and pour into blender. Blend until smooth
  5. Pour into a container to brush on beef, pork or poultry. Set aside a portion to serve as extra sauce
  6. Refrigerate unused sauce – should keep for about one month
  8. Salt and pepper pork chops. Baste with Cherry BBQ Sauce. Grill over medium-high to high heat, turning and basting 3-4 times until cooked through (about 5-7 minutes total grilling time, depending on the thickness of your pork chops). Remove from grill and let rest a few minutes before serving with a side of extra Cherry BBQ Sauce!


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  1. Michelle J. says:

    I have made this BBQ sauce 3 times. It is so yummy. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle…love this one too. Really appreciate your kind words…enjoy! :)

  2. Who I Don’t Have One Of Those Cherry Pitt Things ( Will Be getting one VERY Soon ;) But I have A whole bag Of Fresh Cherries & just got Done cleaning 1 1/2 cups Of Them For This To Make tonight ( on Chops) Can’t wait Thank You, My New Favorite Go To, For my GF /Paleo Diet Your A life savor in My New Beginning Of a way of Life

    1. Oh my! You are the so kind! You braved pitting all of those cherries? I used frozen because I was too lazy. Good for you! I really hope you like the recipe. Let me know how it goes! Feel free to spice it up or add a little more honey if your cherries are tart rather than sweet. :)

  3. You do know how to tempt a girl! This looks awesome and we just bought pork chops yesterday! YUMMY!

    1. Ha! Hope you try it Keri, its awesome! :)

  4. I love pork chops! We had for dinner tonight but not as elegant as this.

  5. cherry barbecue sauce….ughhhhhhhh (drool)

  6. Those look fantastic Trina!! Thanks

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