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11 February 2015

As Patty and I were walking through the local farmer’s market the other day, we came upon a booth with a TON of chili peppers. Talk about heaven! I got to dust off some of my Spanish and picked up some gorgeous Long Red Cayenne peppers. We got a huge bag for a buck. Lucky! Check these out.

Long Red Cayenne Chili Pepper

Cayenne’s have a decent level of heat and they’re typically used in hot sauces. I cooked up a few, popped them into an omelet, roasted some to top a sandwich, but what can you do with so many peppers? Sauce! They were on the verge of going bad and I didn’t want to waste them, so into a sauce they went. We also picked up some plump strawberries that threatened to suffer the same fate, so into the sauce they went. You might not think of strawberries for a chili pepper sauce, but the reality is that strawberries and chili peppers are ideal for barbecue style sauces.

The combination of sweet and heat is a craveable pairing in the barbecue world. We used this particular sauce for a couple of grilled chicken breasts and had plenty leftover. I like having a quick go-to sauce in the fridge for quick meals. Let us know what you think!


Sweet and Spicy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 220 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 long red cayenne chili peppers chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 pound strawberries chopped
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup Sriracha hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ground red chili pepper
  • 4 tablespoons tequila
  1. Heat a large saucepan to medium heat and add olive oil with onion and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes, or until everything softens.
  2. Add the garlic and cook another minute, until garlic becomes fragrant.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is combined.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes.
  5. Add everything to a food processor and process until smooth.
  6. Strain into a storage container. You can serve this right away, or let it sit awhile to allow the flavors to more fully develop.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 1136mg 47%
Potassium 450mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 24g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin C 112.8%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sweet and Spicy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce



  1. Sharon Bond

    I’ve been looking for a recipe for strawberry-jalapeno BBQ sauce that I can home-can; could this one be adapted for that? We have wonderful pick-your-own strawberry fields here, and I want to expand beyond strawberry jam and strawberry-jalapeno jam.


    REPLY: Sharon, here is link for canning barbecue sauce. I hope it helps! http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/barbecue-sauce — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness

  2. I just made this today and it is delicious!! I have quite a few chili peppers on my plants and am burnt out with making sweet chili jam as Christmas gifts. I only used two of my chili peppers because I am not a huge fan of too much heat. A kick is good but I don’t like to burn too badly! I also only used 1tbsp of the ground chili pepper and I added a few dashes of liquid smoke.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      That’s awesome, Rachael! Glad you enjoyed it.

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