Smoky Espresso BBQ Sauce

There’s a lot of delicious earthy flavors in this smoky espresso BBQ sauce. Obviously, the espresso is the star, but the smokiness here is delivered by one of our favorite chilies: chipotle pepper. Chipotle (smoked, dried jalapeños) has a deep, spicy smokiness that is just pure yum with rich earthy flavors like espresso or cocoa.

Smoky Espresso BBQ Sauce

Try this BBQ sauce with pork chops, ribs, and steak. It works best with these richer meats. With grilled chicken, it overpowers the flavor of the white meat. And you can control the overall heat by adjusting the amount of chipotle used. If that spiciness is of concern, try using half a chipotle to start.

Like this recipe? You’ll love these BBQ sauces too:

  • Cherry Habanero: A much bigger heat, with a delicious cherry sweet-tang.
  • Mango Chipotle: Tropically sweet and smoky.
  • Candied Jalapeño: We use delicious cowboy candy (candied jalapeños) and pair with the earthy sweetness of molasses.
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Smoky Espresso BBQ Sauce

Smoky Espresso BBQ Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 22 kcal


  • 1 bottle ketchup 14 ounces
  • 1 chipotle pepper from chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, pureed smooth
  • 1 ounce espresso 1 shot
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce extra from the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce above


  • Add all ingredients to a glass bowl and stir to combine.
  • Use immediately. Or for best flavor, cover the bbq sauce and place in the refrigerator overnight to allow the flavors to meld. 


Calories: 22kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 49mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.1mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 3, 2024 to include new content.
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