Homemade Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

This Homemade Chipotle Barbecue Sauce has a mix of many ingredients.  Because of this, it makes a deeply flavorful sauce that will envy your barbecue friends.  A bonus is that it only takes minutes to prepare!  This sauce is an ideal match with Chipotle Barbecue Rib Sandwiches.  The two were born to be together!

Spicy chipotle barbecue sauce in a dark gray bowl set upon a matching saucer. The saucer is sitting on a farmhouse cutting board with parsley as a garnish.

Don’t let the number of ingredients intimidate you.  Grabbing the items from your refrigerator and cabinets takes as long as it takes to make the sauce!

Please remember that sauces are forgiving in terms of spices and flavor.  Don’t give up if you don’t have a particular spice on hand.  Try something similar in its place!  Do swap liquids for liquids and dry ingredients for other dry options.  This will keep the consistency spot on for mopping, brushing, or dipping!

Spicy chipotle barbecue sauce in a dark gray bowl set upon a matching saucer. The saucer is sitting on a farmhouse cutting board with parsley as a garnish.

Homemade Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Foodie de Froid
Servings 4 cups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
This Homemade Chipotle Barbecue Sauce has a long list of ingredients, yet it creates a delicious barbecue sauce that will envy your barbecue friends, and it only takes minutes to prepare!
5 from 1 vote


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion small dice
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • cup chipotle in adobo
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano Mexican dried
  • 1 14.5 ounce crushed fire-roasted tomatoes canned (or chopped)
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • cup dijon
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • kosher salt to taste


  • Preheat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add oil to the saucepan. Once the pan is hot, add the diced onions. Sweat the onions over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, occasionally stirring, until the onions are translucent and soft. Add the garlic to the pan and stir to combine. Saute the garlic for about 1 minute.
    1 small onion, 2 tbsp garlic, ⅓ cup chipotle in adobo, 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Add the spices and cook for about thirty seconds until their aromas have been released.
    1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp oregano
  • Add all the ingredients, except the salt, to the pan. Simmer the barbecue sauce for about 10 minutes over low heat.
    1 14.5 ounce crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, ¼ cup ketchup, ¼ cup molasses, ⅛ cup dijon, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, ¾ cup water
  • Puree the sauce carefully until pretty smooth, either in a blender or using a hand blender in the saucepan. Taste the sauce, then season as necessary with kosher salt. If you aren't using the sauce immediately, allow it to cool before storing it in the refrigerator. The sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
    kosher salt
Course Condiment, sauce
Cuisine American, cajun, Mexican
Calories 189


Serving: 4cupsCalories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 302mgPotassium: 506mgFiber: 4gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 251IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 3mg
Keyword applesauce, Barbecue sauce, bbq, bbq ribs, chipotle, pork ribs
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