Grilled Chicken with Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Blackberry BBQ Sauce. A great way to use summer berries and jazz up grilled chicken.
Course Entree
Cuisine American, barbecue, bbq
Keyword Blackberry BBQ Sauce, grilled chicken
Servings 4 servings
Author Mary Cressler | Vindulge


For the Chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken quartered (about 4 lbs)
  • Extra virgin olive oil to coat (roughly ¼ cup)
  • ¼ cup dry rub

For the Blackberry BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup hot sauce we love Valentina hot sauce
  • ¼ cup sugar regular white sugar
  • ¼ cup agave nectar honey works too
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 6 oz blackberries or other favorite berry, about 1 ½ cups


For the Chicken:

  • Set your grill to direct and indirect cooking.
  • Coat chicken with olive oil and then season with your dry rub liberally.
  • Place chicken on direct heat, paying close attention to the flame to get a nice crust, about 90 seconds and then flip.
  • Repeat and get a nice crust on the other side of the chicken and move to the indirect side. Cover grill and monitor temperature after 10 minutes. Legs and thighs will cook faster than your breast.
  • When chicken reaches 155 degrees, glaze with your sauce and then pull of grill when internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  • Reglaze chicken and let sit for at least 5 minutes to let the juices redistribute and then enjoy!!!

For the Blackberry BBQ Sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan add all ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce has reduced a bit and the berries have softened.
  • Using a potato masher or fork, break up the berries.
  • Transfer to a food processor or blender to make smooth, or pour the sauce through a strainer.
  • Serve with the grilled chicken.


With the hot sauce in the BBQ sauce: if your hot sauce is really spicy add it 1 tablespoon at a time. We like Valentina hot sauce, which isn’t too spicy. Just know that the spicier the hot sauce the spicier the resulting BBQ sauce will be. So start small.