Recipe for Spicy Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Spicy Sweet Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small to medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can chipotle chile, packed in adobo sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 Juice of lemon
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, chile, Worcestershire, vinegar, molasses, and lemon juice. Simmer over medium-low heat until reduced by a third, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly, then purée using an immersion blender (if you don’t have one, you can purée the sauce in a blender, working with batches. Season with salt and black pepper. Refrigerate in a jar with tight-fitting lid for up to 2 weeks.


Recipe and Photo: Foodista / CC BY

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