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Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce is a tangy, sweet, finger-licking jar of awesome. Homemade barbecue sauce is easy to make and so much tastier than store-bought. Showcase your grilled burgers, chicken, and pulled pork with this beautifully balanced barbecue sauce.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 65 kcal


  • 1 cup fresh pitted cherries thawed if frozen
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ Tbsp steak sauce
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce from a can of chipotle jalapenos
  • ½ Tbsp BBQ seasoning of choice
  • pinch kosher salt to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium-low heat to combine flavors until warmed through.
  • To blend in the cherries, use an immersion blender right in the sauce pan. This can also be accomplished in a blender or food processor.
  • If making ahead, store in the fridge. Yields about 2 cups.


As written, this recipe has a kid-friendly level of heat. If you want real spice, add more adobo or some chopped chipotle pepper. I recommend doing this in small increments because a little goes a long way. See writing in the body of this post for more details.
Use whatever BBQ seasoning is your preference or you can use my Grilling Rub for Pork.
Be sure to add the BBQ seasoning prior to the salt, then add the salt to taste. This is because BBQ seasonings blends vary greatly in the salt they contain.
This recipe can be easily doubled. 


Calories: 65kcal (3%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Keyword cherry chipotle, chipotle BBQ sauce, homemade barbecue sauce
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