Smoky Espresso BBQ Sauce

One bold BBQ sauce…

There’s a lot of delicious earthy flavors in this smoky espresso BBQ sauce. Obviously the espresso is the named star, but the smokiness here is delivered by one of our favorite chilies: chipotle pepper. Chipotle (smoked, dried jalapeños) has a deep, spicy smokiness that is just pure yum with rich earthy flavors like espresso or cocoa.

Try this BBQ sauce with pork and beef. It works best with these richer meats than chicken (it tends to overpower the flavor of grilled chicken). 

Smoky Espresso BBQ Sauce

Smoky Espresso BBQ Sauce

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  • 1 bottle ketchup 14 ounces
  • 1 chipotle pepper from chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, pureed smooth
  • 1 ounce espresso 1 shot
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce extra from the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce above


  • Add all ingredients to a glass bowl and stir to combine.
  • Use immediately. Or for best flavor, cover the bbq sauce and place in the refrigerator overnight to allow the flavors to meld. 


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on June 8, 2017.