Summertime Blues

Earlier this week, Holyoke Home asked that I post my award winning Spicy Blueberry Barbeque Sauce recipe. Good timing for that request as tomorrow is Labor Day and like most Americans, my little family will be celebrating with a traditional last gasp of summer backyard cookout. On the menu is grilled chicken, corn on the cob, broccoli slaw and of course, decadent dark chocolate brownies for dessert. Tomorrow we eat, so today I shopped.

It's a short pleasant country drive to find supersweet corn at my favorite farm stand in Whately, Massachusetts. A dozen ears later and it was three miles down River Road to visit Pasiecnik Farms. Four quarts of pre-picked but fresh late season sweet-tart blueberries were exactly what I needed for a triple batch of my now famous sauce - some for now and a few jars put up for later. Who says there's no cure for the summertime blues?


2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup cider vinegar
½ cup brown sugar
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup water

8 chicken thighs, deboned skin left on (or two whole pork tenderloins -about 2 pounds)

Rinse meat and pat dry, place meat in a shallow pan, cover and refrigerate. Make the sauce by bringing the remaining ingredients to a low boil in a medium size saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened and chunky. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool. If a smooth sauce is desired, pulse in food processor for a few seconds after it cools. Reserve half the sauce. Pour remaining sauce over meat in a shallow pan. Cover and refrigerate, marinading for one hour, turning occasionally.

Preheat grill to 350 degrees. Grill the meat pieces over indirect heat until cooked, 10-12 minutes per side. Discard sauce that was used as marinade and baste with the reserved sauce until well cooked. You can use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Top the meat with any remaining BBQ sauce and enjoy. Serves 4.


  1. i can see how you might become the other woman. i was the first wife, and i like to say that i am the trophy wife now (same husband). all of these look so good. i have not been over here for some days. and wow. and i have figured out how to add you to my list so i can follow/ admire, etc.... best wishes, marie


    this woman has big boarders also. and a very nice cabbage salad recipe photo. her garden looks a lot like yours, i did a double take.


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