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This delicious barbecue sauce gets its smoky flavor from berries that are grilled in a perforated pan; you can use sturdy foil or a foil pan with holes punched in instead. Chipotle chiles packed in adobo amplify the smokiness of the berries.


1 lb blackberry2 tsp sweet pimentón de la Vera (sweet smoked paprika)3 Tbsp vegetable oil, plus more for brushing1 Tbsp minced garlic1 medium onion, finely chopped, plus 1/4 cup minced¼ cup tomato paste1 cup apple cider vinegar1 cup packed light brown sugar¼ cup soy sauce3 Tbsp seeded and minced chipotles in adobo sauce2 Tbsp Dijon mustard1 tsp ground cumin kosher salt pepper2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil2 Tbsp finely chopped oregano, plus more for garnish4 ½ lb flanken-cut beef short ribs (1/3-inch thick) thinly sliced radishes, for garnish


  1. Light a grill. In a large bowl, toss the blackberries with the pimentón . Spread the berries in a perforated grill pan or in a foil pan with holes poked in it. Grill over moderately high heat, tossing, until the berries just start to burst, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until just golden. Add the chopped onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until glossy, about 2 minutes. Add the blackberries, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, chipotles, mustard and cumin and bring just to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring, until slightly thickened and the berries are very tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a blender and let cool slightly, then puree until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, discarding the solids. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and let cool completely. Spoon 1 cup of the sauce into a bowl and stir in the minced onion, the olive oil and the 2 tablespoons of oregano. Reserve the remaining sauce for grilled chicken or pork.
  4. Light the grill and oil the grate. Season the ribs with salt and pepper and brush with the blackberry sauce. Grill over high heat, turning once, until nicely charred, 3 minutes. Continue to grill for 2 minutes more, turning and basting with more sauce, until glazed. Garnish the ribs with radishes and chopped oregano; serve hot.

Make Ahead: The blackberry sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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Recipe Credit: Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton and Greg Denton
Image Credit: Christina Holmes


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Tags: Dinner, Main Dish, Beef, Fruit, Barbecue & Grilling, Fourth of July, Summer, Cookout, Labor Day

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