Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

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A sweet and smoky BBQ sauce with just the right kiss of heat, this honey chipotle BBQ sauce is a backyard cookout classic. 

Honey chipotle BBQ sauce in a glass mason jar with text overlay - Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Take a sweet honey BBQ sauce and add in chipotles in adobo sauce and you have this amazing honey chipotle BBQ sauce. It’s the ultimate well-rounded sauce that is perfect on chicken, pork, and so much more!

This sauce is a natural pairing for grilled and smoked foods. The chipotle pepper and smoked paprika have a natural smoky flavor that complements the flavor of the meat without overpowering it. You can also adjust the heat and spice in this sauce with the addition of a second chipotle pepper.

Ingredients for honey chipotle BBQ sauce in a large pot.

Ingredients for Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Most of the ingredients to make this honey chipotle BBQ sauce should already be in your pantry or spice drawer. The one item you might have to pick up special to make this recipe is the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. These are found at your local grocer in a small can. These guys are full of flavor with a good amount of spice. 

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this sauce. Scroll to the printable recipe card for full ingredient amounts.

  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • Adobo sauce
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper

Honey chipotle BBQ sauce being blended.

How to Make Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

I’m a big fan of making homemade BBQ sauce (when I have the time!). There’s something extra delicious about slathering fresh sauce on your home-cooked meal.

If you’re up for the task, this sauce is easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes (minus a recommended chill time).

  1. Cook. Combine all ingredients for the honey chipotle BBQ sauce in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sauce comes to a boil. Next, reduce the heat, and simmer the sauce for 25 minutes.
  2. Blend. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Once the sauce has come down significantly in temperature, pour it into a blender. Puree the sauce until it is nice and smooth.
  3. Chill. Transfer the sauce into a glass mason jar (I prefer to use wide-mouth mason jars or a hinged mason jar to store my sauces). Place the sauce in the refrigerator overnight. The flavors will have more time to blend and mellow when chilled.
  4. Enjoy. Slather this sauce on all your favorite meats. I recommend trying it on grilled chicken, country-style pork ribs, smoked pork ribs, and chicken wings!

Quick note: If you don’t have time to chill the sauce you can use it immediately, but I recommend adding an additional teaspoon of honey to the sauce to balance out the vinegar.

Honey chipotle BBQ sauce being poured into a hinged glass mason jar.

Tips for Making Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Here are some tips for making this honey chipotle BBQ sauce the best of the best.

  • Choose your preferred heat. Canned chipotles in adobo sauce are commonly found at most grocery stores in the Hispanic food section. Occasionally you’ll be able to find options that indicate various levels of spiciness, so you can choose your heat level.
  • Add a second pepper. If you taste the sauce and find yourself wanting a little more heat, you can add a second chipotle pepper.
  • Let your sauce chill. Most homemade BBQ sauces are best when chilled thoroughly overnight. That 24 hours in the fridge makes a big difference in final flavor by mellowing out the acidity and letting the individual ingredients blend together.

Did you tweak something in this recipe to make it work for you and your family? If so, be sure to share it with us in the comments section below!

Honey chipotle BBQ sauce in a glass mason jar.

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Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

By: Susie Bulloch
5 from 2 votes
A sweet and smoky BBQ sauce with just the right kiss of heat, this honey chipotle BBQ sauce is a backyard cookout classic. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
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  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Make the sauce. Combine all ingredients for Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Want a little more heat? Add a second chipotle pepper to the sauce before simmering.
  • Puree. Remove sauce from heat and allow to cool. Carefully pour sauce into a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Rest, use, and store. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator overnight before using for best results. This rest time allows the flavors to blend together and the acidity of the vinegar to mellow. If you do want to use the sauce immediately, you may want to add an additional teaspoon of honey to balance the vinegar.


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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3 Reviews

  1. Ken says:

    I rarely leave reviews, but this is fantastic. I followed it exactly, since it was the first time making it. Next time, I’ll add another pepper for more heat. Overall, a very balanced recipe.

  2. Lowell says:

    Jumpins this BBQ sauce is great! I made it exactly as listed. Thanks so much, Susie!

  3. Julie Schultz says:

    Fantastic on smoked ribs! Thanks for another great recipe!