Hot Chili Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Chili pepper sauce

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 64 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
22 Calories
1g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 64
Amount per serving
Calories 22
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 12mg 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 spicy and flavorful barbecue sauce is layered with savory ingredients to make it complex yet perfect to complement foods without overpowering them. Adjust the spiciness by altering the amount of chilies you add. You can also reduce the heat by removing the seeds from the dried chilies.


  • 1 cup water (hot)
  • 6 dried red chili peppers
  • 4 dried pequin chili peppers
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place dried chilies in hot water for 15 minutes to soften. Pour water and chilies into a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Sauté onion and garlic in oil.

  4. Pour in blended chilies and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then remove from heat and allow to cool.


  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week after preparation.
  • While you can use the sauce immediately, it's recommended that you let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before using. This will allow all the flavors to blend well.

Recipe Variation

  • For a smoother sauce, return cooled sauce to blender and blend until smooth.