Chipotle BBQ Sauce

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5 from 6 votes
Chipotle BBQ Sauce is the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. This easy barbecue sauce comes together quickly and adds so much flavor.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Jar of Chipotle Barbecue Sauce with a basting brush on top.

Chipotle BBQ Sauce is the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. This easy barbecue sauce comes together quickly and adds so much flavor.

Jar of Chipotle Barbecue Sauce with a basting brush on top.

This Chipotle BBQ Sauce is that perfect balance. It is made for people that want something not too hot, not to sweet and not too spicy. Goldilocks would say that this one is just right. Do you know that there is a whole rating system for peppers? Check it out!

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Why make your own sauce? Truly, why wouldn’t you. This way you have all the control, more sice, less spice, more salt, less salt, it is all how you want it to be with no fillers.

  • 15 Minutes: So fast and so easy.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry and it only takes 5 minutes to prepare.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone loves a good sauce to elevate their meal.
  • Adaptable: Dip with it, use it as a spread, brush it on meat. It is so versatile.
Close up of a brush scooping out the Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.

What You Need to Make Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

Glass bowls with chipotle peppers, garlic, onions, and spices required to make the sauce.

Equipment

How to Make Chipotle Bbq sauce – Step by Step

Sauce pan with oil and garlic in, then the onions added. Then adding all the spices.
  • Heat: First, heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Next, add onions and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes then stir in minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Remaining: Then add ketchup, water, minced chipotle pepper, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper and ground mustard; Stir until combined.
  • Simmer: Finally, turn heat down to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency.
Pan with the sauce, peppers and brown sugar added for the .Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.

Common Questions About Barbeque Sauce

BEST WAY TO STORE CHIPOTLE BBQ SAUCE?

Truly you can use whatever you have on hand, a good mason jar or a squeeze bottle such as this one work great.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A LESS HOT PEPPER?

Of course, if a chipotle is too hot, try a smoked smoked pasilla pepper instead. In fact, you can used almost any pepper, just make sure that it is a smoked variety to get the same impact.

HOW LONG WILL THE SAUCE LAST?

The sauce will last up to 7 days in the fridge.

RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Indeed, you can freeze it and it will last up to three months in an airtight container. However, you can also can it and it will be shelf stable.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHIPOTLE BBQ SAUCE?

The short answer is anything! But a few of my favorites are for example:
>Smoked Brisket Recipe
>Porchetta Sandwich
>INSTANT POT BBQ CHICKEN

Side shot of a jar with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.

Expert Tips for Making Barbeque Sauce

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and use as you need it.
  • Add Honey: If the sauce is a little too hot for your family, add a little honey.
  • Fruit: Feel free to add a little fresh or canned peaches for a sweet flavor.
  • Chipotle Powder: They Chipotle in Adobo is available in all supermarkets now a days, however you can replace with a Chipotle powder or sauce.

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Jar of Chipotle Barbecue Sauce with a basting brush on top.

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

5 from 6 votes
Chipotle BBQ Sauce is the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. This easy barbecue sauce comes together quickly and adds so much flavor.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 15 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 whole chipotle pepper in adobo minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add ketchup, water, minced chipotle pepper, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper and ground mustard; Stir until combined.
  • Turn heat down to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency.

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and use as you need it.
  • Add Honey: If the sauce is a little too hot for your family, add a little honey.
  • Fruit: Feel free to add a little fresh or canned peaches for a sweet flavor.
  • Chipotle Powder: They Chipotle in Adobo is available in all supermarkets now a days, however you can replace with a Chipotle powder or sauce.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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