Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 30 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
37 Calories
0g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 30
Amount per serving
Calories 37
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 227mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 15mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a classic style barbecue sauce with the added smoky flavor of chipotles (smoked jalapeños). You can either purchase them or make your own chipotles. This sauce works well on any meats, seafood, and vegetable substitutes.


  • 2 1/2 cups/600 mL ketchup
  • 1/2 cup/1290 mL onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL water
  • 2 cans chipotle chilies (smoked jalapeños, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL oil
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add onions and sauté over medium heat until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Add garlic and cook for 20 to 30 seconds.

  4. Stir ​in brown sugar, celery salt, and black pepper. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low heat until the sauce thickens.

  5. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 or so minutes before using. If serving as a side sauce, let the sauce cool a little longer.


If making ahead of time, let the sauce cool completely (about 30 minutes) and place in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 7 days after preparation. Reheat before using.