Smoky Barbecue Sauce

    55 min

    A homemade smoky barbecue sauce, made by simmering together tomato ketchup, chipotle peppers, various herbs and spices, sugar, whisky and liquid smoke. The resulting sauce is smoky, sweet and tangy. Excellent on beef, pork and chicken.

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    Makes: 40 

    • 2 litres ketchup
    • 170g chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
    • 125ml apple cider vinegar
    • 175g black treacle
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic granules
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
    • 1 tablespoon sea salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
    • 220g dark brown soft sugar
    • 250ml whisky
    • 2 tablespoons hickory flavoured liquid smoke

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Combine the ketchup, chipotle peppers in their sauce, apple cider vinegar, black treacle, onion powder, garlic granules, ground mustard, smoked paprika, coriander, salt, black pepper, dark brown soft sugar, whisky and liquid smoke in a large saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook the sauce for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to low and simmer 15 more minutes, stirring often. Use immediately or refrigerate.


    Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can be purchased online at
    Liquid smoke can be purchased online.

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    This is probably a great recipe, but unless you live in a city where these ingredients are available, it is a bit pointless. I would need to travel 80 miles to get four of the ingredients. Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce? Hickory flavoured liquid smoke? All the shopkeepers in my town say there is no such thing!  -  09 Oct 2016


    Very good. I used tomato sauce instead of ketchup. The BBQ sauce was awesome. I added some cayenne pepper as well.  -  18 Jun 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I smoked three pork butts, went out on a limb and made this sauce. It was AWESOME. I'll surely keep this recipe as a staple. Everyone loves it! The only thing I changed was the sugar, adding 3/4 cup instead of a full cup. It produced as the perfect blend of ingredients and worked beautifully on pulled pork! Thanks for sharing!  -  29 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)