Condiments, Plant Wonder Collective, Recipes

Elderberry Barbecue Sauce

Homemade condiments are a simple and flavorful way to improve any dish. Not only do they taste better than store-bought sauces, they’re also a much healthier option. Pre-packaged condiments typically contain questionable, highly-processed additives, which can have a number of detrimental effects on health.

Another perk of making your own condiments is that you can boost their flavor and health benefits by using ingredients that help to improve vitality.

This barbecue sauce is a lovely example of food as medicine. It’s made with delicious, flavonoid rich elderberries that have a number of beneficial properties. They are a good source of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects. They also help to boost immune function.

This herbal barbecue sauce is tangy and not overly sweet. It adds great flavor to a variety of dishes, including chicken, pork or beef ribs, meatballs, pizza, salad dressings, and more.


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp dried elderberries
  • 240g (8.5oz) tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt


You will first make a strong elderberry decoction, or simmered tea. Add the elderberries and water to a small pot. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Let the decoction cool to room temperature, then strain out the elderberries and set the liquid aside.

In a small sauce pan combine the elderberry decoction with the remaining ingredients. Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring often.

Let the sauce cool. Then pour it into a jar. Store in the refrigerator.

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