Southwestern BBQ Sauce

The simple addition of a few chipotles in adobo sauce to what is normally just a great regular-ole tomato-based BBQ sauce really makes for a totally different, utterly fantastic sauce for ribs, chicken, pulled pork… you name it. Chipotles (smoke-dried jalapenos) are one of my favorite things. I love the combination of heat and smokiness. They’re perfect for things like this southwestern BBQ sauce.
southwestern-bbq-sauceI rubbed down a rack of St. Louis-style ribs with homemade Cajun seasoning then smoked it for 6 hours until the meat was nice and tender.  I then brushed on some of this great southwestern BBQ sauce let the ribs smoke for another 15 minutes, just long enough to set the sauce up just a bit. It’s not a thin sauce, and it’s not a thick sauce. I’d call it just the right consistency for things like ribs. You know you’re going to get messy eating them, but there’s no reason to drown in the sauce or to have it all just roll off the ribs and down your arms.

Southwestern BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Adobo sauce, from the chipotles
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and saute until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and the chipotles and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the vinegar and lime juice.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.
  6. Add the adobo sauce, tomato sauce, molasses, mustard, bay leaves and salt.
  7. Increase heat and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering, stirring often, for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is the desired thickness.
  8. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before straining through a fine-mesh strainer.

 

Atomic BBQ Sauce

I’ve made mustard-based BBQ sauces before, but nothing even comes close to this Atomic BBQ sauce. It takes mustardy sauces to a whole new place, thanks mostly to the addition of pickled banana peppers. Of course, there’s a pretty good kick to the sauce. It is called Atomic BBQ sauce for a reason. Perfect on a rack of smoked St. Louis-style ribs, and outstanding on a pulled pork sandwich.
atomic-bbq-sauceFor a little extra kick, substitute spicy banana peppers. Don’t want the heat? Substitute jalapenos for the habaneros. You’ll still get a kick, but it’ll be tame enough for just about anyone.

Atomic BBQ sauce is a great thing. Definitely my new favorite when it comes to non-ketchup-based BBQ sauces.

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Atomic BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 cup
 
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup pickled banana peppers, chopped fine plus 2 tablespoons of the pickling liquid
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 habanero chiles, stemmed and minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk all ingredients except salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. For a less chunky sauce process in a blender until smooth before using.

 

Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

I smoked some pork shoulders this weekend that were injected and basted with Cherry Dr. Pepper. The end result was the best pulled pork I’ve ever had. Everyone that ate it said it was fantastic. Super tender, super moist, and just the right smoke flavor.

Cherry Dr Pepper Pulled Pork with Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ SauceAlong with the pulled pork I served this great sauce. I like to serve (and be served) sauce on the side. First, you get to add as little or as much as you want. Second, it doesn’t let you hide less-than-perfect meat. I always sample meats first before saucing them. A good sauce can cover up for over-cooked, under-smoked meat, so order yours “dry” (sauce on the side).

Cherry Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cherry Dr. Pepper (not diet)
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (I used Weber Original for a standard taste, and Weber Spicy for a more kicked-up version)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. Place the soda and BBQ sauce in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Whisk in the brown sugar and honey.
  3. Let simmer until the desired thickness is achieved.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before serving.