Summer 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.
The 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!
- 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
- In a food processor, blend together the chipotle peppers, onion and garlic.
- 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.