Maple-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

This sweet and smoky barbecue sauce is the perfect gift for die-hard winter grillers. Refrigerate it for up to two weeks.

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  • Servings: MAKES ABOUT 1 CUP

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  • 3 large chipotle chiles in adobo, stems discarded
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

How to make this recipe

  1. In a blender, combine the chipotles with the ketchup, maple syrup, broth and allspice and puree until smooth.

  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderately high heat until golden, 5 minutes. Add the chipotle puree. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat until thickened, 15 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.


Brush on chicken, beef, lamb, pork or ham during the last few minutes of grilling, broiling or roasting. Or, dilute with a little chicken stock and use to deglaze pan drippings.

Contributed By Photo © Wendell T. Webber Published December 2002

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