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"Heartless" Smokey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

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This chipotle bbq sauce is naturally smokey with a slight bit of heat. With just a minor adjustment you can elevate your base bbq sauce to complex, gourmet level taste.

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I love good bbq, especially my own. But being the stubborn irrational Texan that I am I do not like bbq sauce on my meats. For clarity bbq is meat smoked indirectly. If done right you should never 'need' bbq sauce. Those who do it, do so out of habit in my humble opinion.

That being said, I do understand that not all have the same level of appreciation for the sweet science that is bbq. For those people I submit this chipotle bbq sauce which is as good as any bbq sauce. It is meant to enhance the bbq, in a tertiary role, vs. being the star so its not overly sweet and features a spice/seasoning profile that compliments most bbq spice rubs.


In a lot of ways sauce is like autotunes. He can make up for lack of vocal talent or just be a creative enhancement of an already good song.

Chipotle BBQ Sauce Ingredients

For those who dabble in bbq sauce making or are just foodie cooks, in general, I encourage you to get to know Indian cooking and spices. As a twist on the base recipe I added amchur powder which is ground dried mango frequently used in desserts. It's not a necessity so don't fret if you don't have access to it, as the sauce is great on its own, but it does give this chipotle bbq sauce that extra bit of character.

  • Ketchup
  • Water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dry Mustard
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dried Chipotle Chili
  • Amchur Powder (optional)

How to make Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Add ingredients to a saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for over an hour. I like to add the dried chipotle chile to a hot pan first. A quick toast brings out that chipotle flavor.

Serving Suggestions

This sauce works perfectly with smoked meats including chicken, pork, and beef.

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Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: BBQ
Servings: 8
Author: Marwin Brown


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon amchur powder optional
  • 1 dried chipotle chile
  • salt to taste


  • In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 ½ hours


Amchur powder is an ingredient used in Indian desserts. It's actually ground dried mango. It's an optional twist here if you want to add a little tartness to the sauce. You will likely only find it in Indian markets. 
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