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.
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).
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.
- 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
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.