Maple-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

BBQ SAuce 2Summer means BBQ season and that means bottle after bottle of sweet, salt, smokey, hot BBQ sauce to douse your wings and ribs with.  There are a lot of BBQ sauce on the shelves of my supermarket that I think are absolutely delicious but every once in a while I think its kind of fun to make my own sauce for a cookout.  BBQ sauce is really surprisingly easy to make — you just need to think about what tastes you want to draw out of it.  A great sauce usually has the perfect balance of sweetness, acidity and heat and you can pull those in through a variety of ingredients — as long as you think about those taste points, you can really experiment a lot with your ingredients.

BBQ sauceThe one thing that never changes when I make my BBQ sauce is that I use ketchup as a base. There’s a reason its the great american condiment — it really is pretty well balanced and is the perfect jumping off point for a delicious, sticky BBQ sauce.  This sauce gets a lot of sweetness from brown sugar, depth from maple syrup and heat from chipotle peppers. Try it out on some grilled chicken or pork this weekend — Happy Grilling!

Maple-Chipotle BBQ Sauce
  • 3 cups of ketchup
  • ½ cup of mustard
  • ½ cup of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce*
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • ½ an onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  1. In a food processor, blend together the chipotle peppers, onion and garlic.
  2. Combine the blended mixture with the rest of the ingredients in a large heavy bottom pot and cook over medium heat for 45-60 minutes until it has reduced and become thick. Make sure to stir every 7-10 minutes.



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