sweet heat barbecue sauce

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By Stuart Grifenhagen
from Rockmart, GA

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...

serves varies
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For sweet heat barbecue sauce

  • 2
    onions, large white
  • 6 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 6
    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)

How To Make sweet heat barbecue sauce

  • 1
    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat
  • 2
    Saute the onion and garlic until translucent, about 3-6 minutes
  • 3
    Place all remaining ingredients into a saucepan and simmer gently for 20-30 minutes
  • 4
    Place in a blender or using an immersion blender (boat motor) and blend the sauce until smooth
  • 5
    Continue simmering until it is the consistency you desire, about another 5-15.