Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Honey Chipotle - c'mon this barbecue sauce is insane!

I love making barbecue sauces but they can be a process. Here’s a spicy/sweet little number with some Chipotle heat that needs nothing more than a quick stir and few minutes of time.

Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

It’s a little bit of a miracle – you’d never guess by the taste how quick and simple this Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is to make and that it’s whipped together with pantry ingredients.

This is a great recipe to have on hand whenever you happen to run out of barbecue sauce and/or might be a little low on fresh ingredients – but it might just win you over and become your “go to” sauce.

Chipotle Honey Barbecue Sauce

  • Servings: 3/4 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons finely minced Chipotle Pepper (from a can of Chipotle in Adobo Sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 to 3 drops Liquid Smoke (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Let sit for several minutes, which will help the sugar dissolve, mix again and adjust flavorings to taste.

This will thicken a bit more if refrigerated. Simply bring up to room temperature.


I’ll be taking this recipe to Fiesta Friday, hosted this week by Quinn @ Dad What’s 4 Dinner and Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes.

27 thoughts on “Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce”

    1. Hi Debbie, I wouldn’t even had tried this if I wasn’t missing some key items for my fave barbecue sauce. I wouldn’t have guessed a no cook sauce ketchup based would have been so wonderful! 🙂

    1. Thanks Kathryn! And that’s a great point I forgot to mention – put the extra chilis &sauce in a ziploc and freeze. It’s easy to slice off a chunk when you need some later…

    2. Oh, and for some strange reason, I said awesome sauce to my daughter the other day and got a big ol’ lecture!! (SHHHHH don’t tell anyone but you’re not supposed to say that if you’re old, and maybe not at all anyway, and certainly not outloud where people might actually hear you, lol!!)

    1. It’s a product that was made to duplicate the flavor of smoked meats – wood chips are burned then the smoke goes through a condenser and is distilled into a liquid essence. Completely optional, but it is a nice little “cheat” for some barbecue flavor.

    1. As far as the liquid smoke in this, I could take it or leave it. The chipotle has a bit of a smokiness of it’s own. 🙂

      And thanks! I wasn’t happy with the pic – I just can’t get my camera to “see” what I see, lol!!

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