Smoky chipotle BBQ sauce

December 8, 2016 (Last Updated: December 9, 2016)
Smoky chipotle BBQ sauce recipe

Any meat dish’s best friend! This smoky chipotle BBQ sauce is a perfect gift for the braai enthusiast in your life. Guaranteed to please carnivores.

Recipe, styling and photographs by Katelyn Williams

Smoky chipotle BBQ sauce

Serves: Makes 750ml
Cooking Time: 30 mins


  • 1 chipotle pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) hot English mustard
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) smoked paprika
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) brown sugar
  • 500ml (2 cups) ketchup or
  • tomato sauce
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) Worcestershire sauce
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) apple cider vinegar
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) molasses
  • salt and freshly ground black
  • pepper, to taste



Place the chipotle pepper in 250ml (1 cup) boiling water, 10 – 15 minutes or until soft. Chop the pepper finely.


In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mustard and paprika and cook, 30 seconds.


Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the brown sugar, ketchup or tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, molasses and the chopped chipotle. Season to taste.


Cook, stirring occasionally until thickened, 5 – 10 minutes. Pour into sterilised jars, turn them upside down and allow to cool completely.

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