Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce

Let’s turn plain yellow mustard sauce into something more wicked. We love BBQ sauces that lean into tang more than sweetness, and few do that better than a spicy mustard BBQ sauce. We’re not saying there isn’t a little sweetness in this recipe. Honey helps even out the flavor and brown sugar provides a sweet earthiness. But plain yellow mustard is still the star, providing that tangy twist to chicken and pork that’s so different than ketchup-based BBQ sauces.

And of course this is a spicy mustard BBQ sauce, so we can’t forget the chipotle pepper and cayenne pepper that provide the pop and a little smoky undertone too. It’s a wicked mix of tang, sweet, and heat that you’ll love for barbecue season. Don’t be surprised if you dabble with this sauce during the off-season too.

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Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce

Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 34 kcal


  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Tabasco Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a medium mixing bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine. 
  • Pour the sauce into a saucepan and warm over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, to allow the sauce to slightly thicken. Stir occasionally. 
  • Use immediately, or pour the sauce into an airtight container, cover, and chill the sauce for 4 to 6 hours to allow the ingredients to meld. 


Calories: 34kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gTrans Fat: 0.002gSodium: 156mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 24IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.3mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 22, 2024 to include new content.
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