Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Smoky and sweet…

If you like your barbecue on the sweeter side, yet still with plenty of smoky flavor and spiciness, honey chipotle BBQ sauce is right up your alley. Chipotle peppers have a very eatable medium heat to go along with their natural smokiness. We pair these chilies with a touch of smoked paprika to add a little more smoke without a significant increase in heat. These two ingredients can be adjusted in the recipe to match your heat tolerance while still maintaining the smokiness that’s so delicious paired with honey.

Try this sweet BBQ sauce as a marinade for pork or chicken, or simply have it on the side for a post-grilling flavor boost or dipping sauce.

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

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  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce chopped, plus 1 teaspoon extra adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 ounce can
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil, then sauté the garlic and onion until the onions are translucent. 
  • Add the chipotle peppers (and extra adobo sauce), water, honey, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, and salt. Continue simmering the sauce over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • Remove the sauce from the stove, then using a hand blender or food processor, process the sauce until smooth. 
  • If the bbq sauce is too thin, place the sauce back in the saucepan and continue to simmer until it reaches your desired thickness. 


Two chipotle peppers provides a good amount of spiciness. If you prefer your sauce to be a little milder, but still plenty smoky, remove 1 of the chipotle peppers from the recipe and add extra smoked paprika which tends to be milder in heat. 
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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Robert Washburn

A great sauce. Much better than the ones using catsup as a base. For a kick replace the water with rum. Adds a unique flavor and body to the sauce.