Homemade chipotle molasses BBQ sauce

Homemade condiments will always have the edge over shop-bought. This quick barbecue sauce is spicy, tangy and sweet

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 20
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 4g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 0g
  • salt 0.1g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 100ml apple cider vinegar
  • 85g dark soft brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp mustard powder
  • 1½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1½ tsp celery salt
  • 2 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke (optional - see tip, below)
  • 350ml passata
  • 75ml black treacle


Liquid smoke

If you want to add a slow-cooked American barbecue flavour to your food, but don't have time for hours of smoking, liquid smoke is just the ticket. It's essentially flavoured wood smoke that has been distilled into a liquid. Various types of wood are used to produce different flavours, including the popular hickory or more obscure apple & mesquite. Add a dash to marinades, stews, sauces or salad dressings, or simply brush over food before cooking.



  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and garlic and cook for 5 mins or until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Bring to the boil, turn down to simmer for 15 mins, then leave to cool.

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