Episode 412: Game Day Grill

Chipotle Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Rib “Wings”

This recipe is used with Project Fire Rib Wings in Project Fire Episode 412: Game Day Grill


Chipotle Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes 3 cups


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • Grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sriracha
  • 1/4 cup rye whiskey or bourbon
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 to 2 canned chipotle chiles, minced, plus 1 to 2 teaspoons can juices
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

Recipe Steps

1: Combine all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer the sauce, uncovered, until thick and richly flavored, 15 to 20 minutes. Correct the seasoning, adding additional salt, pepper, sriracha, or sugar, as desired.   Let the sauce cool to room temperature for serving.   Store in clean jars away from heat or light. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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