Chipotle BBQ Sauce

I am of the belief that good BBQ does not need sauce. But, if you are going to put sauce on my BBQ then I prefer you use my home made sauce. I typically mix up an Ancho Chile BBQ sauce (recipe will be on there at some point) but I wanted something with a little kick this time so I went with chipotle peppers. They gave it a nice smokey flavor and a kick at the end. It’s not hot up front but give it a second and it will get you in the end. This makes about 3/4 of a quart mason jar. I was cooking for a group of people that I did not know so I also made a basic BBQ sauce along with this but no one touched the basic sauce and everyone went for the chipotle.

Chipotle BBQ Sauce

2-1/2 Cups Basic Ketchup

1 small can Chipotles In Adobo – finely chopped

1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar

1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Small White Onion- Finely diced

2 tsp garlic – minced

4 tbsp worcestershire sauce

2 tsp mustard powder or 1 tbsp prepared yellow mustard

1 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp kosher salt (To taste)

1 tbsp vegetable or avocado oil (unflavored oil)

Equipment Needed

1 medium sauce pan

1 mesh strainer



Heat the saucepan over medium heat.

Add oil, add onions. Cook until soft.

Add garlic. Cook for a minute or so.

Add all the remaining ingredients except for brown sugar and salt.

Mix over medium heat for a few minutes to make sure everything is incorporated.

transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.

Rinse out your saucepan to get rid of any chunks left behind.

Strain the sauce back into the sauce pan.

Use your spoon to work the sauce in the strainer to get every drop you can.

Be sure to scrape the underside of the strainer into the pan. Lots of good stuff having on there.

Add the brown sugar and heat over medium. Stir to get the sugar blended in.

Bring to a slow boil.

Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.

Turn off heat.

When cool enough to taste add salt adjusting as you taste. The first taste will be pretty potent. On a spoon
its pretty intense but on food it will mellow.
If it is too much of a kick then add more brown sugar or honey or molasses.


Omit the Chipotles and use as a base for any other BBQ sauce like Ancho, Black Berry, Sweet,
or you can make a basic sauce using a standard bbq rub you like and some liquid smoke.
With any sauce other than Chipotle or Blackberry (both have seeds) you don’t have to blend and strain. Just leave chunky.But that would be a personal preference.

Play with the vinegar level if you like as it changes the flavor.

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