Honey Chipotle Barbeque Sauce

I decided to make this because I thought my husband would appreciate a spicy barbecue sauce to go along with these chicken strips. Woo – this was spicy! Not so much that it cleared our sinuses, but it has a kick to it. The future chili head, Little Boy didn’t break a sweat. Sometimes I wonder if he’s covering it up, but he didn’t even flinch! I guess it has something to do with his love of all things spicy for the past 5 years of his 8! 😉 Next time I would cut down on the amount of chipotles, maybe two instead of the three large ones I used. I love that I have such a wide variety of spices in my cupboard 🙂 Ancho and smoked paprika are hard to find so I end up purchasing them online. I love online shopping because it’s always a treat to get a package in the mail 😉 Thanks for reading, enjoy!

Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce – adapted from Crumb

  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsulfured molasses
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions –
1. In a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, saute the onions and garlic in olive oil for 8-10 minutes, or until onions are very soft and lightly golden. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes to blend the flavours.
2. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree the mixture until very smooth. If the sauce is too thick or chunky, add a little water (a tablespoon or two at a time), until the desired consistency has been reached.
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