Recipe courtesy of Matthew Nagan

Matteo's BBQ Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 9 cups
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1 dried ancho chile

1 cup brewed coffee, hot

1/2 cup fresh blueberries 

1/2 cup dried cranberries

4 cloves garlic 

1 chipotle chile 

1/2 red onion, diced and sauteed

Spice Mix:

4 cups ketchup

1 cup brown sugar 

1/2 cup brewed coffee 

1/2 cup red wine 

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 


  1. For the puree: Put the ancho chile in the hot coffee in a small bowl and let stand until the chile softens.
  2. Combine the blueberries, cranberries, garlic, chipotle chile, onion and the coffee with the ancho chile in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. For the spice mix: Add the ketchup, brown sugar, coffee, wine, mustard, black pepper and cinnamon to a bowl.
  4. Add the puree to the spice mix. Whisk to combine. Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Simmer the sauce over low heat until thickened, about 2 hours, checking that the water is simmering throughout and adding more water when needed.
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