Chipotle-Bacon-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - Recipe

Chipotle-Bacon-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - Recipe

This homemade barbecue sauce brings a wonderful smoky spice with the chipotle peppers and bacon, but it's also slightly sweet from the sugar and molasses. It is rich and thick and will stick to your ribs or chicken nicely. Get the grills ready! Here is the recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 177 kcal


  • 4 strips bacon chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
  • 1 7- ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large saucepan to medium heat and add bacon. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add jalapeno and onion and cook 3 more minutes, stirring often, until bacon is nice and crisp.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute, or until garlic browns nicely.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Bring sauce to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minutes with an occasional stir. The sauce will slightly thicken.

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Recipe Notes

You can serve it like this, nice and thick, or you can add a bit of water to thin the consistency.

Heat Factor: Medium. You'll get quite a bit of zing and flavor from the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and other ingredients.

Nutrition Facts
Chipotle-Bacon-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 851mg35%
Potassium 532mg15%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1135IU23%
Vitamin C 12.7mg15%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.