Easy Peach Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Easy Peach Chipotle Barbecue Sauce | Cookie Monster Cooking

Confession time.  I have always just bought barbecue sauce from the grocery store.  While I make as much as possible homemade at this point, it never occurred to me to try my hand at barbecue sauce.  Why?  I have no idea.  I can be weird sometimes.

But since we recently moved further south, and are now surrounded by plenty of barbecue restaurants, it finally dawned on me to give it a try.

Easy Peach Chipotle Barbecue Sauce | Cookie Monster Cooking

Clearly I have been missing out.  Especially since this particular peach chipotle barbecue sauce takes less than 5 minutes of your time.  You don’t have to cook anything and just whisk it all together in a bowl.  Easy peasy, right?  It can be ready to go whenever you need it.

And need it we did this past weekend.  This sauce was absolutely perfect for some barbecue ribs (recipe coming soon!).  It’s smoky yet a little sweet, and in my mind has just the right consistency (not too thick but not too thin).

Easy Peach Chipotle Barbecue Sauce | Cookie Monster Cooking

We have yet to try any of these barbecue places that everyone talks about here in North Carolina.  And this homemade barbecue sauce is not helping.  No sir, not at all.

Easy Peach Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Yield: about 2 ½ cups
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup peach preserves
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle in adobo sauce
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • dash of hot sauce (or more to taste)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.


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  1. Laurel says

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve started making double batches, diving them into 8-oz Mason jars and freezing, and keeping one jar at a time in the fridge. Most suppers are just for my husband and me, so I can get at least two dinners out of a single jar. He raved the first time I used this (over pork chops). I bet this would be SO good on a bacon burger with sautéed onions and a hearty bun… Ooo, weekend possibilities! 😀

    • Ashley says

      I love this! Thanks so much for letting me know Laurel! :) And oh my gosh yes – that would be amazing on a bacon burger!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      It’s so quick – and I usually have almost everything for it at the house. Definite plus!

  2. says

    This BBQ sauce sounds incredible! I love the addition of peach preserves and chipotle and can just imagine how great this tastes :) I have never tried making my own BBQ sauce but you make it sound so simple, thanks for sharing Ashley :)

  3. says

    I love the sound of this Ashley! Peach chipotle? Totally unique and I love the flavor combination. I always buy my bbq sauce at the store but now I gotta give this a try at home. Great delicious recipe! :)

  4. says

    Having been raised in Kansas City, I am a barbecue sauce fiend, yet I’ve never tried making it myself either! It seems like it would be a great condiment to play with and adjust with different flavors – love this idea, Ashley!

  5. says

    Hi Ashley. I must confess that I do the same. This must change! Especially since this sauce calls for peach preserves. My goodness, what a brilliant idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Thanks Monet! I figure if it’s this easy to make myself I have no excuse anymore haha!

  6. says

    Me too, Ashley. I found the store-bought bbq sauce ain’t bad at all…and it’s convenient. But now I am totally tempted with your homemade one..the only thing I have to find is the liquid smoke.

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      You’ll have to try homemade! Especially one like this – it takes just a few minutes : ) We loved the result!

  7. says

    Wow, this recipe is so easy! For some reason making homemade sauces and things always seems so daunting, but you make it look so simple. I’d love to try this, and it’s a great way to avoid those nasty preservatives in most BBQ sauces.

  8. says

    This BBQ sauce sounds so good with that peach and spice! I have made my own before, but I need to experiment more, and I love the sound of this. You’re so lucky you live close to great BBQ restaurants…it’s some of my favorite food!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      The peaches and chipotle go so well in it! I know – now if only we would get out and try some haha

  9. says

    Yup…I buy BBQ sauce all the time from the store too! I’ve never tried making it, but this recipe is so easy and has most of the ingredients I have on hand, so there’s no excuse not to try it! 😉

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      It’s so quick! And totally worth it – you’ll have to let me know if you give it a try!

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