Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

by Shawnda on July 19, 2011

in Chipotle peppers,Condiments,DIY

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Homemade barbecue sauce is really easy to make. And you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry to make your own jar right now.

We like our barbecue sauce a little on the spicy side. A heaping dose of minced chipotles in adobo adds just the right amount of heat and smokiness to the sauce. The best part is that it takes 10 minutes to make and there are no preservatives or weird sweeteners.

Whip up a batch. Or a double batch. And if you go through it as fast as we do, maybe even a triple batch.

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Homemade barbecue sauce in 10 minutes!


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup peppers and sauce from canned chipotles in adobo, minced
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp spicy brown (or creole) mustard
  • 1 Tbsp molasses (or brown sugar, optional)
  • Black pepper
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Saute onions until soft and translucent. Add garlic, stir, and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Add the minced chipotles and sauce to the pan.
  4. Stir in the ketchup, vinegar, mustard, and molasses.
  5. Thin with water to desired consistency (I usually use about 1/2 cup) and heat just until bubbles begin to appear.
  6. Taste and season with salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Transfer to a jar or airtight bowl and store in the fridge (will keep for ~2 weeks).
  8. If you want a completely smooth sauce, let it cool a bit and run it through the blender.


Yields: ~1 1/2 cups

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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