Grilled Salmon with Blueberry BBQ Sauce

I'm going a little crazy this summer with fruity barbecue sauces.

Remember when I made you pork tenderloin with that gorgeous plum barbecue sauce?

That combination was really, really good.  This one is better.

In other news, I have a legitimate problem on my hands.  It has to do with Trader Joe's.  Actually, it IS Trader Joe's.  I'm obsessed!  My loves, they sell something called Cookie Butter.  Cookie.  Butter.

I wish I was joking when I tell you that this wacky store gives me the tingles.  But I'm not.

This weekend I picked up a bunch of the usual suspects: edamame hummus (RIDIC), roasted mixed nuts, multigrain quick oats, a pound of fresh blueberries and cherries, 96% lean ground beef (for $5, no joke), and a couple wild-caught, skinless salmon filets.  I successfully resisted the chocolate-covered 'Smores bites.  But that Cookie's only a matter of time before I black out and find my hand at the bottom of the jar. I'm officially a loser for posting my grocery purchases online.  I don't even care!  This is what Trader Joe's does to me!

Anyways, you look hungry, and I started out talking about barbecue sauce.

If you've never made your own barbecue sauce, I think you're missing out.  It's a quick and easy way to control the health factor when it comes to one of the yummiest condiments.  And there are so many ways to make it special!  I love to use jammy fruit, sweet honey, or tangy mustard to name a few.

Today I made use of my Trader Joe's goodies by slapping together this quick blueberry barbecue sauce and slathering it all over perfectly grilled salmon courtesy of the hubs, because I don't perfectly grill anything.  Ever.  The tart blueberries add such an amazing flavor to traditional barbecue sauce, and it paired so well with the salmon.

I served the blueberry barbecued salmon with a salad and with grilled salt and vinegar potatoes (recipe soon!).  I love a good vinegar-y potato, ya know?

So why don't you make this salmon in all its blueberry goodness, and in return I'll check out this Cookie Butter business and see what's what.  Ok?  You twisted my arm.

Grilled Salmon
Blueberry BBQ Sauce
Adapted from HowSweetEats
Yields 2-3 servings

1/3 c fresh blueberries
1/3 c ketchup
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tbs brown sugar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 lb skinless salmon filet, whole or cut into portions

Heat a small saucepan over low heat, and add the blueberries.  Heat until they begin to bubble and burst, about 10 minutes.  Mask them with a fork.

Add in the ketchup, both vinegars, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.  Whisk well to combine and break up the blueberries.  Turn the heat up to medium.  Heat until the mixture bubbles, stirring every few minutes, then turn the heat back down to low.  Cook for 20 minutes, whisking every few minutes.  The sauce will still be slightly clumpy and thicker than regular BBQ sauce.

Preheat your grill to the highest setting.  Season the salmon with salt and pepper, and lay it directly on the grill. 

Cook for 5 minutes, then flip.  Using a pastry brush, brush the BBQ sauce on the salmon, and let cook until flaky, about 5-6 more minutes.

Once the salmon is cooked through, slather on the remaining BBQ sauce, and serve!

1 comment:

Jo Harper said...

My friend Erin just told me about Cookie Butter last week! It's pretty amazing, but seriously dangerous. It might be worse than Nutella. What do you think would happen if they made striped jars of Cookie Butter and Nutella like they do with PB&J?

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