Instant Pot Cherry BBQ Sauce

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Instant Pot Cherry BBQ Sauce is going to compliment your barbeque like no other sauce. You have dark cherries, spices, tangy and savory flavors all in one homemade BBQ sauce. Give this cherry sauce recipe a try.

Instant Pot BBQ Sauce

A bold punch of flavor in every single drop of this sauce. Whip up a batch of this homemade cherry barbeque sauce for your bbq needs. Or top a juicy pan-seared hamburger, for incredible flavor. This cherry sauce for pork rib tips and other meats is an award-winning bbq sauce recipe.

This cherry sauce could be an incredible glazed topping for meatloaf as well if you are looking for new ways to use this bbq sauce.

Cherry BBQ Sauce

If you have cherries on hand, this is one sauce you might want to consider making. It is one that is going to really elevate your menu. A bbq sauce from scratch that is a sweet bbq sauce.

More Homemade Sauces

  • Red Wine Sauce | Incredible to drizzle over a steak. Tangy, savory, and bursting with flavor.
  • Meat Sauce | Whip up a homemade meat sauce to drizzle over your pasta. This will take your pasta night to a whole new level.

Do You Use Fresh Cherries for Cherry BBQ Sauce

You can actually use fresh or frozen. That is what I love about this recipe. No matter what time of year, you can have a cherry sauce to drizzle over your meat.

Cherries are frozen at their prime, so you will get that tart and sweet just like fresh cherries.

How to Pick Ripe Cherries

Cherries when ripe will be bold in color and firm with a little softness as you gently press on them. If your cherries seem hard when you lightly squeeze, they are not ripe.

Paler-colored cherries are a sing they were picked before their prime, as long as the variety isn't a light-colored cherry to begin with.

Do cherries continue to ripen after being picked?

Unfortunately, cherries do not continue to ripen once they are picked. You will find they will stay the same amount.

That is why it is important to either pick your own cherries when they are ripe and mature. Or if you are at the store look over the cherries.

That way you don't come home and have all sour and hard cherries. It won't give your homemade sauce the perfect flavor. Granted all the sugar and such will sweeten up a bit, but it will still offer a tartness.

Now you can place cherries in a paper bag with an apple and if you are lucky it can help ripen Bing cherries. The apple releases the gas the cherries need to help ripen.

But this does not always work, but you are welcome to give it a shot and see.

Best Way to Pit Cherries

I have found investing in a cherry pitter is a great kitchen accessory to have if you like fresh cherries. It is fast, efficient, and simple to use.

Toothpick or Paper Clip

You can also take a toothpick or even paper clip and insert it in at the stem of the cherry. Once you feel it hit the pit twist the toothpick or paper clip, and it should pop the pit right out. 

Bottle and Skewer

Another way is many will use is taking an empty pop bottle and a skewer. You will remove the stem from the cherry. Place the cherry in the hole of the opening of the pop bottle. Then take your skewer and poke it down the center of cherry. It will pop the pit right out, into the pop bottle.

How to Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce

This is a quick overview of this cherry chipotle bbq sauce, the full directions and measurements are in the printable recipe card below. This is my go-to cherry bbq sauce recipe.

Saute your garlic and shallots in oil on saute feature. Cook until softened and fragrant. Turn off saute.

Add in the remaining ingredients and begin to pressure cook this sweet bbq sauce. Place lid on the pressure cooker and make sure the valve is set to sealing.

Cook for 10 minutes on manual high pressure. Once done remove lid and pour the sauce in a blender and mix until the sauce is creamy.

Serve up this delicious sauce anytime you want. I hope you enjoy this homemade bbq sauce without ketchup!

How Many Does This Homemade Barbeque Sauce Serve?

You will find that this recipe serves around 6-8 servings. If you plan to have a larger crowd, you might consider whipping up a double or even triple batch of this. It is really easy to make and so delicious everyone is going to want to try it.

Can I Make This Sauce in Advance?

This sauce is great served fresh, but I have found when you allow it to sit and marinade, it will add even more flavor and depth to the recipe. So feel free to make this sauce up to 1 day in advance.

You need to keep your sauce in the fridge in an airtight container until you are ready to use it.

Then give the cherry barbecue sauce a stir and then use it as you would like. I have also used this sauce for basting chicken. It turns out delicious every single time.

Basting Brushes

Also, I love my OXO silicone basting brush, this is an awesome kitchen brush I use for brushing on meat. Just dip the silicone brush in the sauce, and it will create an even layer on your meat!

You can use a different style, but I find ones that have paintbrush-style bristles fall off, and then you can end up with them on your food. Silicone won't break apart, it holds together.

How Long Will Homemade BBQ Sauce Last?

You can store any leftover sauce in the fridge for up to 7 days. After that, I recommend using your best judgment in terms of quality. Because there are no preservatives in this, it doesn’t store a long time like store-bought sauces.

Can I Make This Sauce On the Stovetop?

You can make this homemade sauce on the stovetop instead of the Instant Pot. To do this you would want to cook it low and slow stirring often to prevent burning. I find that the Instant Pot speeds up the cooking time tremendously, and helps infuse the flavors better.

How Do You Thicken Cherry BBQ Sauce?

If you find your sauce is too thin, you can place it on the Saute setting and allow it to slowly cook down. This will help to thicken the sauce slowly. Just make sure you stir it often, or it will burn. 

Also, using a blender or food processor will help to give you a smoother sauce but also this alone will thicken your sauce to the desire you want.

What To Serve Cherry Sauce With

  • Steak
  • Burgers
  • Chicken
  • Pork (chops, tenderloin, roast, shredded beef)

This sauce goes great with almost anything. I have even dipped fries in it and it was delicious. Give this homemade sauce a try and let me know what you think. 


Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Cherry BBQ Sauce

Instant Pot BBQ Sauce

Don't miss out on making this delicious Cherry BBQ sauce in your Instant Pot!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


    1. Add olive oil to Instant Pot and select the “Sauté” function on the high-temperature setting. Add shallot and garlic and sauté until soft and slightly golden, approximately 3-4 minutes.
    2. Turn Instant Pot off and add remaining ingredients, including the liquid from the tomatoes and the liquid smoke, if using. Stir to combine and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
    3. Add lid and lock into place. Make sure the valve is set to the “Sealing” position and set the “Manual” setting to high for 10 minutes. After a brief pause, the Instant Pot will automatically start building pressure.
    4. When finished cooking, do a quick release (QR) of the pressure according to the manufacturer’s suggestions before unlocking and removing the lid.
    5. Transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.


For a thicker sauce, return to the Instant Pot and bring to a low boil using the “Sauté” function set to high. Heat, stirring frequently, until the excess liquid is reduced and the sauce reaches the desired consistency.


  • Can my dog have Cherry BBQ Sauce? Due to the ingredients included in this recipe, it is not recommended that you share it with your pet. The spicy and strong ingredients that the recipe contains aren't the best for his stomach. Flavors like garlic and onion are highly toxic to the dog's organism.
  • Can my cat eat Cherry BBQ Sauce? As with dogs, cats cannot consume garlic or onion, because they are toxic ingredients for their body. It is best not to let your cat indulge in this highly spiced food recipe, as it could cause an upset stomach or, serious gastrointestinal and digestive problems.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 103Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 248mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 10gProtein 1g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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