You know what I love most about homemade BBQ sauce? Well, ok, there are a lot of things I like about homemade BBQ sauce… But what I love most about it is how easily you can change the flavor of the sauce, just by adding a few ingredients.
You start with a few must-haves (ketchup, brown sugar, things like that), add a new flavor or two, and throw everything into a pot. Yup, that’s about all you need to make your own BBQ sauce.
Playing with the flavors is the best part. In this case, I added a few chipotle peppers and fresh lime juice. The result? A spicy, tangy sauce that just begs to be slathered on a burger and fries! (Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of too much heat. Simply scale down the number of chipotle peppers you use for a milder sauce.)
Get your grills ready, people!
Chipotle Lime BBQ Sauce
Makes about 5 cups
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 3-4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (I used La Costeña)
- 40 oz. tomato ketchup
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Zest of 1 lime
- Juice of 1 lime
- In a large pot, over medium heat, mix all of the ingredients until combined.
- Bring the BBQ sauce to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened (about 1 hour).
- Remove from the heat, and pour the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer into a large bowl.
- Serve warm over grilled food, and enjoy!
- Note: if you’re not planning on using the BBQ sauce immediately, cool the strained sauce completely and store in a microwave-safe container. When ready to use, reheat the sauce at 1 minute increments until warm.
Original recipe by La Casa de Sweets