Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce

Stuart Grifenhagen


I found this recipe a while ago. Originally, it used jalapenos or red chili peppers. I tried it again with chipotle peppers. That's the ticket.

You can try many variations on this sauce:
- Use honey or molasses in place of the brown sugar
- Try different type of vinegar
- Use more or less chipotles for a different heat level
- Try replacing half the onion with diced sweet red peppers
You can store the excess sauce for several weeks in the refrigerator or freeze for later use.
See for yourself...

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onions, large white
6 clove
garlic, minced
chipotle peppers with adobo sauce
1 c
tomato ketchup
1/2 c
brewed coffee. strong
1/4 c
worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp
lemon juice
1/4 c
apple cider vinegar
1/3 c
brown sugar, packed
2 tsp
kosher salt
1 Tbsp
dijon mustard
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper (or to taste - careful! heat can overwhelm)


1Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat

2Saute the onion and garlic until translucent, about 3-6 minutes

3Place all remaining ingredients into a saucepan and simmer gently for 20-30 minutes

4Place in a blender or using an immersion blender (boat motor) and blend the sauce until smooth

5Continue simmering until it is the consistency you desire, about another 5-15.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Marinades, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: American