Perfectly Sweet Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

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This Perfectly Sweet Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is smokey, tangy, and slightly sweet.  It has 9-ingredients, doesn’t rely on store-bought pre-made condiments, and tastes like a lot more work than it is. Perfect for a hostess gift too!


  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo, canned*
  • 1/2 cup (140g) pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (67g) light or dark brown sugar*
  • 1/2 cup (115g) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Place the chipotle peppers in a mini food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the whole peeled tomatoes and puree the mixture until smooth. 
  2. Heat a large 2.5 to 3.5-quart saute pan (the wider the better) over medium-high heat. Add the tomato mixture from the food processor bowl with all of the other ingredients to the pan. Stir the mixture to combine and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium if the sauce starts to splatter. Simmer uncovered, occasionally stirring, until thickened, about 45 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  3. Allow sauce to cool and place in a clean glass jar with an air-tight lid. 



CHIPOTLE PEPPERS IN ADOBO. These come in a large can and are usually located in the international food aisle. While you only need 3 chipotle peppers for this recipe, the leftovers freeze wonderfully for the next time you need this flavorful ingredient. Store in a labeled, air-tight freezer-safe plastic bag for future use. 

BROWN SUGAR. Want to make this sauce sweeter? Increase the amount of brown sugar to taste. 

STORAGE. Store this Chipotle Barbecue Sauce in the refrigerator for 1 month. Alternatively, freeze in an air-tight glass container or freezer-safe plastic bag for up to 3 months.



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