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Smoky Chipotle BBQ Sauce | Julie's Kitchenette

Sweet + Spicy Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Julie Hasson


No need to purchase barbecue sauce from the store, when you can make the best at home! This sweet, spicy and sticky sauce is also gluten-free and vegan, so no need searching the internet for safe brands without gluten. If you prefer your sauces without spice, simply omit the chipotles.



1 cup organic ketchup
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup Grandma’s Unsulphured molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon GF soy sauce
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion or onion powder
1 canned chipotle in adobo + 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (make sure it’s GF)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Optional: For a sweeter sauce, increase brown sugar to 1/2 cup (lightly packed)


Using a blender or stick blender, blend together the ketchup, 1/4 cup water, agave, molasses, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, liquid smoke, granulated onion, and chipotle and adobo sauce, blending until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer mixture to a saucepan.

Over medium heat, bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

Let the sauce cool completely and refrigerate until ready to use.