Instant Pot Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Food For Fought
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x


This homemade sweet and smoky BBQ sauce takes your BBQ ribs to the next level. Thanks to the Instant Pot it so quick and easy to make. Delicious on ribs, pork tenderloin, and more!



  • 2 tablespoons. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 34 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 2½ cups fresh or frozen dark cherries, pitted
  • 1 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies, with liquid
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke (optional)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  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.