Grilled Steak with Berry Barbecue Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 shallot, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 cup bourbon

1 1/2 cups blueberries

1 cup blackberries

1/4 cup ketchup

2 to 4 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, roughly chopped

2 sprigs fresh thyme

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

6 strip steaks (8 to 10 ounces each)


  1. Make the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic, cumin and coriander. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot softens, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the bourbon and cook until reduced by about half, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water, the blueberries, blackberries, ketchup, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the vinegar, soy sauce, chipotle, thyme sprigs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally; cook until thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Season with salt and pepper; add the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar if the sauce is too tart.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat a grill to medium high. Oil the grill grates. Pat the steaks dry and season with salt and pepper. Grill until marked, 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer to a plate and let rest 10 minutes.
  4. Pour any juices from the plate of steak into the sauce; loosen with water if needed. Serve the steak with the sauce.