The first time I visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, I absolutely fell in love with their Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce. It was sweet and hot at the same time, with a perfect balance of both along with the smoky flavors one normally expects from BBQ sauce. Perfect for ribs, chicken, sausage, or many other BBQ dishes.
I had to have it!
But, of course, the restaurant wasn’t offering up their recipe. So, I made my own version and it’s every bit as good, if not better. Best of all, it’s so darned easy to make that I’ve taken to always making my own BBQ sauce whenever I grill or smoke meat. There’ve been many many guests who’ve also fallen in love with the sauce and I always send the recipe home with them so they can make it too.
Quantities are about right for a plastic squeeze bottle, my preferred method of serving.
3 chipotle peppers: I used canned chipotles in adobo sauce
1 Tbs. fresh garlic, chopped
2 cups bottled KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
Nothing could be easier. Puree in a food processor until smooth. A blender works too. Takes no time and you’re done!
If you’re worried about the heat, my suggestion is to start with just one chipotle pepper. Puree and taste. No worries! Toss in a second pepper, puree and taste. Most people are fine with 3, even my finicky spice averse friends. There’s something about the honey that prevents them from getting too much heat.
For a fabulous appetizer, try grilling some sausages to serve with the sauce. Mouth watering goodness! I just made up a batch for the neighborhood Superbowl party and there wasn’t much left to take home.