Chipotle BBQ Sauce


This smoky, slightly sweet BBQ sauce is perfect for slathering on ribs, chicken, or pulled pork. It’s easy to make and can be tailored to your taste with a few simple adjustments. So fire up the grill and get ready to enjoy some delicious BBQ!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Method

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil and onion. Saut√© the onion until it’s translucent, then add the garlic and chipotle pepper and cook for an additional minute. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, or until it’s thickened.

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. For a sweeter sauce, add more brown sugar. For a spicier sauce, add another minced chipotle pepper or a dash of cayenne pepper. For a tangier sauce, add a bit more vinegar. Once you’ve got the sauce to your liking, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.

The sauce can be used immediately or stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Potential changes & improvements

There are a few ways you can change up this recipe to suit your taste. For a sweeter sauce, add more brown sugar. For a spicier sauce, add another minced chipotle pepper or a dash of cayenne pepper. For a tangier sauce, add a bit more vinegar.

What other food it works well with

This Chipotle BBQ sauce is perfect for slathering on ribs, chicken, or pulled pork. It would also be delicious on burgers or grilled vegetables.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making BBQ sauce is to add too much vinegar. This can make the sauce too tangy and can overpower the other flavors. Start with the amount of vinegar called for in the recipe, then add more to taste if you want a tangier sauce.

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes about 2 cups of sauce. One tablespoon of sauce has about 40 calories, 1 gram of fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein.

Allergens

This recipe contains soy, wheat, and tree nuts (from the chipotle pepper).


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