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chipotle bourbon bbq sauce

Chipotle Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 chipotle pepper from chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a medium-sized soup pot (or high-sided sauce pan) over medium heat, melt the butter then add the yellow onion. Cook the onion until soft and translucent (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Add the minced garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the ketchup, bourbon, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, honey, and dark brown sugar. Lower the heat to low and stir to combine.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes over low heat.
  • Using an immersion blender, process the sauce until smooth.
  • Add the celery salt and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Remove from the heat and allow the sauce to cool to room temperature.
  • Use immediately or transfer into an airtight container and chill the sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week (the sauce will gain in spiciness during this time).