Grillin’ Season

BBQ Sauce
WHAT! It’s May 1st already? I seriously cannot believe it. With so much going on this year, and still so much to come, January 1st feels like a minute ago. Although I wish I could slow the passage of time, I am so excited that warmer months are finally here.

Usually Memorial Day kicks off grilling season, but with the temp being around 80 degrees the past two days, I’m officially declaring May 1st the day to take off the cover and fire up that grill. Even though meat cooked on an open flame tastes smoky and delicious on its own, BBQ sauce for dipping makes it even better. To kick off the season, I made homemade BBQ sauce, Chipotle BBQ Sauce to be exact. Throwing this sauce together seemed just as quick as the first four months of the year! The best part about making homemade BBQ sauce is being able to adjust the heat, sweetness and consistency to your liking. This sauce had a little sweetness and a substantial bite; but if you prefer yours sweeter, increase the brown sugar by a smidge and decrease the chipotle peppers.

Bust out this sauce at your next barbeque and everyone will be singing your praises. Here’s to grillin’ season!
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Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Yield: 8 ounces of bbq sauce

What You Need

  • 1 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cans of chipotle chillies, chopped
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper

What To Do

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onions and garlic. Saute until soft (about 3 to 5 minutes).
  2. Stir in the brown sugar, celery salt and black pepper.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer until the sauce thickens. This will take around half an hour, maybe a bit longer. Keep an eye on it as it cooks, and as it thickens, stir regularly to prevent scorching on the base of the pan.
  4. Remove from the heat. Allow to cool. It is now ready for use or can be stored in the refrigerator.
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