Homemade BBQ Sauce

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
2 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 4 tablespoons distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash salt
Directions

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, being careful not to burn them. Reduce the heat to low. Add the ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, chipotle peppers, vinegar (or less to taste), Worcestershire sauce and salt and stir. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Taste after simmering and add whatever ingredient it needs (more spice, more sugar, etc.).


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Very good sauce! I didn't have canned chipotle peppers so I used the ground chipotle pepper spice. Sticks the chicken perfectly, is easy to make and is really finger lickin' good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Lees sauce is totally yummy, I added a shot of Jack Daniel's to kick it up a notch...sooooo delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is by far the best BBQ sauce recipe. I have so many food allergies I have to make my own BBQ sauce. Very flavorful and so easy. I use for BBQ chicken pizza, perfect for that. Also pulled pork. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really like this sauce, I put all the ingredients in the blender and blitzed it all up then tasted it and it came out too sweet for my tastes. Also, the adobos were super tasty but too hot right off the bat for me. I added about ¼ cup of China Lily Soy Sauce and simmered it off. The glutaminous dimension of the soy sauce really made it come together. Simmering it off is important because it rounds out the spiciness of the peppers. Turned out super tasty for ribs. This is a keeper for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
just mad a nice batch to have for late can i can the extra ? item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was really good, i followed the directions and ingredients except for the chipotle peppers because of others that reviewed it. i added one but it was far too sweet for my taste. i love tangy, vinegar, and spicy so i reduced the amount of sugars(molasses and brown sugar) upped the vinegar and used apple cider instead of white. Also added two tsps of chipotle sauce as well as 4 peppers and it came out so yummy and spicy but still slightly sweet which i can stand more now because of all the spice and vinegar. totally love it now but it was still really good as is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome -- a definite keeper. Easy, delicious and perfect on wings or drumsticks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this today. I love Ree"s recipes but I knew I couldn't handle 4 chipotle peppers. So I started with one and stopped. It was perfect. Combination of sweet and spicy. Will definitely make it again. Thumbs up!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best BBQ sauce ever! Easy to make, and I get rave reviews. I use this for pulled pork. I use the Neely's dry rub to roast the pork. I usually double the recipe - make one following the recipe, and another with more adoboe/chipotle for even hotter sauce. YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is more of a hot sauce than bbq sorry. don't get me wrong i love adobo peppers but they don't really belong in a barbeque sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves this with grilled sausage! Delish! Thanks Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is amazing. You will never bother with store bought again. All the ingredients are easy to find at any market. Make sure you start with a little chipotle, you can always add more. I taste and add more as I go if I want it spicy. I used apple cider vinegar. I just sliced the onion and garlic chunky and after I made the sauce I put it in the blender/food processor it's easier that way. It blends everything so well and it taste better this way because the garlic and onion become completely blended into sauce. Makes it easy on you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simply awesome. Just adjust heat to your liking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
its fine if u live in a place u can find all the ingredients!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was out of bottled barbecue sauce and my husband of 51 years wanted pulled pork. Made this from my Kindle Fire, after tasting, have printed it out for my file. Perfect balance. We are in our mid-70's and do not use chili peppers. Left those out, but added 1 teaspoon of liquid hickory smoke. After tasting one more tablespoon of cider vinegar was added. Absolutely wonderful to the slow cooker pulled pork. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Use an immersion blender so you don't have to worry about chopping finely. Make sure to only put one pepper in and taste it before adding more! I used coconut sugar instead of the brown sugar and apple cider vinegar for the vinegar. Found this recipe half a year ago and I will make it about once a month probably for the rest of my life! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this sauce!! As always, I followed the recipe exactly the first time I made it. I love spicy but my ulcer does NOT. I made this again today with a few changes. I finely (and I mean SUPER finely) chopped the onion and finely grated the garlic. After sweating this out for about 10 minutes, I added a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and sauteed for about 5 minutes. Then I added the rest of the ingredients from the recipe using only ONE chipotle pepper. Since I didn't have molasses, I used light corn syrup like another reviewer and added a few grinds of black pepper and simmered for at least 20 minutes. I will not be buying barbecue sauce again. This will be my go to recipe. Thanks Ree. I love your show!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe added smoky paprika for more of a smoky flavor item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone absolutely loved this BBQ sauce! I had it to the side of several things to dip into it and when those were gone I spotted fingers being dipped in and licked! This is a keeper recipe, I followed it to a tee. item not reviewed by moderator and published
added cayenne pepper for some more heat. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome! Nice and spicy yet sweet. Very well balanced. I only used 3 T Apple Cider Vinegar and approx 3 T chopped chipotle in adobo sauce. Didn't use chopped onion either, but did use approx 1 T onion powder. Great for dipping! We had Ranch Chicken Strips w/ mashed potatoes for dinner and the bbq sauce went perfectly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy, a nice balance of heat and sweet; however, I use spicy peppers frequently. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After reading other reviews I didn't add chipotle but did add a squirt of chili sauce, it tasted good with short ribs I cooked in the crock pot. I won't be buying anymore bar b q sauces anytime soon :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was far to spicy for us. 4 tablespoons of chipotle is far too much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my No.1 go-to sauce...EVER!!! Guys at my shop love the ribs/burgers/whatever I make with this BBQ. Great heat and with a bit extra brown sugar, everyone can enjoy. I like to make two variations - one extra spicy, and a sweeter version - but either way, everyone LOVES it! Thank You, Ree Drumond!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
way to spicy for my family even after reducing the peppers item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the absolute best. I used 3 large peppers from the can, and a tablespoon of the adobo sauce, chopped fine, and my husband raved. I did squeeze a lot of seeds out of the peppers first (cut the stem end off and gently push the seeds out with your finger, before I minced. Now my absolute go to sauce (used on chicken - bone in, skin on - in the oven at 350 for an an hour - basting 3 times first - ribs in the over the next. Why but when this is so much better? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Definitely spicy!! I used half the amount of peppers because I have guests that don't enjoy too much spice and sauce was still hot. Like another reviewer suggested, deseed if you can. My can of peppers had the seeds mixed in so it was hard to take them out. Otherwise this is a great sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wish you could give 10 stars, I have NEVER had a recipe from Ree that wasn't good...I will say though for Memorial Day we were having about 20 guests for our Bang in the BBQ season party. I had seen Ree's show that was showcasing her "Spicy Pop Pulled Pork" and it called for Adobo sauce....well I had never seen it at my store but I did finally find it (why I didn't look here what a DUMMY, anyway being what I think is a good chef I try everything first and after tasting that store bought Adobo sauce OMG YUK YUK YUK, is was sooooo NASTY, So then I looked here and Emeril had a recipe with "homemade" Adobo sauce and it was delicious!!!! Used it in Ree's recipe and it was GREAT, and this sauce WONDERFUL as well, BUT make your own Adobo sauce, it is really easy and spices you will most likely have on hand...thank you AGAIN Ree for another AMAZING recipe, You are the BESTEST!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best barbecue sauce ever - a keeper - easy, tasty and my family love it. Before, I tried this recipe I always had a problem with any barbecue sauce, but this one made me love making it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
De seed the chipotle peppers if you can. That is my only suggestion. It was very tasty and easy to make. It is a keeper, Memorial Day 2013 Summer Kick Off... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this, the first time, with 4 other sauces to serve at a party with smoked pork - ran out of this one before the others were even 1/3 of the way gone. . .This has turned into my go-to recipe; it's easy, quick, and uses ingredients that I normally have on hand. It is easy to adjust the spice by using more, or less, of the chipotles. Outstanding recipe Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you very much delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good will make all the time for my BBQ sauce!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty, will probably use this on all types of meat!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness nothing but yumminess spicy and sweet Loved it only put half of the chipotle peppers it was great. Everyone loved it item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is by far the BEST BBQ sauce I have ever had, hands down. I've made it a couple of times and found that red onion adds a deeper flavor than a white onion but both add something different to the sauce. This makes a really nice hostess gift presented in Ball jars. Awesome sauce!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This does taste good was wondering how long will It keep looking forward to having it with ribs tonight item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sounds great it dosent look too spicy so that is great making this for super bowl Sunday item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice mix, I lightened up on the molasses, added a little more sugar. fast easy and went great with ribs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A little too much molasses, I think, for my taste. Next time I will probably substitute extra brown sugar instead. Other than that, it is very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe turned out exellent the first time! I have never made bbq sauce and my husband and I decided to try this recipe. We doubled the recipe and added two drops of smokey flavor and some smokey misquite seasonings. Now we will make our own bbq sauce...way more delicious than anything one can buy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this. My daughter loved helping make it and the taste is amazing. It went well with the chicken item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sauce is the best if you are looking for smoky and sweet. I only use some sauce from the chipotle and it's hot enough for me. I ALWAYS double the recipe. It's so tasty that I dip my bread in it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super recipe, easy to make. I have to make 2 batches of sauce as my g/f is not into spicy foods. So for her batch I switched the vinegar for 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, a 1/3 c spicy mustard, 1/3 c honey and omitted the salt and peppers. She is a fan! My batch I stayed with those extras as well as adding in the peppers using jalapenos(?. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband said these were the best ribs he'd ever had. Thanks to this BBQ sauce! I made them in the crock pot. My whole family (kids ages 10, 7, and 5 were fighting over who could have seconds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and easy - just the right amount of smoky, tangy, sweet, & spicy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! Instead of chipotles I used habaneros - sautéed them in the first step with the onion. Definately a make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recently tried this recipe for a pork tenderloin I was preparing. I didn't have molasses or fresh chipotle peppers on hand, but used Karo syrup and chipotle powder instead. It was a great sweet and spicy sauce that the whole family loved. I will try it again soon with the molasses. Easy and simple to prepare. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow this was delicious! I used tomato paste and it worked just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice combination of heat and sweet and easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome. With the reduction of heat from chipotle. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sauce is very good! I only had about two tablespoons of chipotle peppers and I am glad of the fact, lol, the sauce was warm, but that is good. I will use this sauce again, maybe reducing the sugar a bit. Just a personal preference. Thanks Ree for another great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic homemade BBQ recipe. I used Local Folks Foods Ketchup and since I didn't have an onion, I used chives from garden. I also added some honey and left out the Worcestershire. It's spicy And sweet, just how I like it. Great recipe to play with and make your own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very easy to make, and I liked seeing that there were onions in it. I didn't enjoy the overpowering molasses flavor, and the general the flavor was mediocre. I prefer the Neely's barbecue sauce recipe, and I wouldn't want to make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Taste great..I reduced the molasses and vinegar a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this sauce! Terrific on chicken - I used it as a last minute base for salad dressing and was pleasantly surprised... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great sauce.... however IT IS HOT!. I, making it for the first time stayed true to the recipee. In the future, and for anyone who is not a chili head, I will cut down on the chipotle, maybe by half. This being said the heat is needed to counter act the sweetness of the sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Whipped this up real quick to make a bbq pizza. It definitely has some KICK. So if you don't like spicy things or prefer something more mild than cut back on the chipotle peppers (maybe 1 T won't be too spicy or you may just want to omit it all together. My husband and I love spicy things so we enjoyed this recipe kicking back at us a little. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this tonight and used with pulled chicken sandwiches. Oh my how delicious and easy. No more jar stuff for me. Cannot wait to use for outdoor grilling!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great BBQ sause, I had been making another from another Foodnet work chef but this is far better. Go Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome BBQ sauce. Will use this recipe more. My husband love it. And my boys. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This BBQ sauce is amazing, definitley a keeper taste awesome on chicken item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty BBQ sauce! I made this to use with pulled pork and it came out great. I lowered the amount of vinegar and chipotle a bit. I'll be making this again to use on grilled sausage and chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this bbq sauce for my husband and son and it was loved! I served it over grilled and sliced keilbasa with rice and pinto beans. My husband actually ended up getting up from the table, he mixed everything together and spooned the sauce over it all. He had two helpings and declared it a keeper! By the way he is a total bbq sauce perfectionist, so that should tell you something! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! We made the grilled beef sausages to go along with it, the sauce compliments the beef so well! Thanks Ree for another GREAT recipe : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty good, don't care for molasses that much but overall pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This BBQ sauce has everything I love...sweet and tangy with a kick. I used chipotle chile powder in lieu of the canned ones. (I just think it's more convenient and has the same exact flavor. I put in 1 generous teaspoon of the powder so it has a definite kick, but you can always cut back. I am a huge fan of tangy/sweet sauces such as sweet and sour so the sauce is definitely the BBQ sauce version of it. I will definitely make this again and again! Thanks Ree for such a yummy and easy recipe! (I made the beans too and commented on those. item not reviewed by moderator and published
what a silly review. I liv e in a VERY small town and foun all ingreients. None of these are outthiere (like many recipees FN has)... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I live in a tiny little town..population 900..and I found all of these ingredients easily. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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