Naturally Sweetened Homemade BBQ Sauce with Ancho Chili

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  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 15 mins
  • Makes: 10 (2-tablespoon) servings

Sweet, tangy and smoky, this naturally sweetened, no-ketchup barbecue sauce is perfect for grilling season. Seasoned with a tasty blend of ancho chili powder, garlic and cinnamon, it goes well with all your favorite BBQ fare.



    1. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 4 to 5 minutes, until softened and starting to brown.

    2. Add tomato paste, chili powder, garlic powder and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.

    3. Stir in tomato sauce, honey, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire and mustard.

    4. Bring sauce to a boil over medium-low heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. (Be careful, as the hot sauce splatters when simmering.)

    5. Remove from heat and serve.


    If you prefer less sweet BBQ sauce, start with 1/4 cup honey and adjust up if needed.

    Easily keeps a couple weeks in the refrigerator, so make a batch and keep it in the refrigerator to have on hand at a moment’s notice.


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