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.Plus: More Grilling Recipes and Tips

Maple-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Photo: © Wendell T. Webber
Total Time:
25 mins
1 cup


  • 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


  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.

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