Grilled Pork Chops with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

30 minutes



Slightly spicy, slightly sweet blueberry barbecue sauce is a surprising but delicious complement to pork chops!


  • 4-6 pork loin chops, bone-in or boneless
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard


  1. In a medium-sized skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil and saute the minced shallots and garlic over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the spices and saute 1 minute more. Remove the skillet from the heat and place mixture into a food processor. Add the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, tamari and water, and puree the mixture, then add the blueberries and puree until smooth. Set sauce aside.
  2. Lightly brush the grill and the pork chops with a little oil; then season chops with salt and pepper. Grill the chops, covered, for about 6 minutes on each side or until they reach an internal temperature of 155 degrees F. Baste with the barbecue sauce during the final few minutes.
  3. Remove the chops from the grill and let them rest, covered, for 5 minutes. Dress the chops with the barbecue sauce and serve with additional sauce on the side.

Serving Suggestion

This slightly spicy, slightly sweet and very fragrant barbeque sauce is also a great partner with steak, pork, chicken, or duck. Serve with coleslaw with a citrus-based or creamy dressing, or maybe a mango and black bean salad. Fresh berries and cream are ideal for dessert!

Nutritional Information

Calories: 483, Fat: 18 g, Cholesterol: 134 mg, Sodium: 715 mg, Carbohydrate: 27 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 53 g