Easy Homemade Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

by Pamela

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How do you know when you nail a recipe?  When you catch your husband drinking the bbq sauce, you just made, right out of the pot you made it in.

As is evident by the first line of this post, I made bbq sauce.  Not just any bbq sauce mind you…but a raspberry chipotle bbq sauce.  After I realized how easy it is to make my own barbecue sauce (a different raspberry chipotle bbq sauce )  last year: I just couldn’t stop.  I followed it up with a cranberry bbq sauce recipe.  There have been numerous other ventures into barbecue sauce making land.  Some have had enough ingredients to fall into the category of being a molè and others would easily find themselves categorized into the easy bbq sauce recipe annals.  But I never really lost my craving for a really good raspberry chipotle sauce.

There’s just something about the tangy sweet flavors of raspberries and then that subtle heat kick that you get from chipotle peppers.  I just can’t explain the addiction that I have to that flavor combo.  Over the years, I’ve spent many a dollar on fancy bottled sauces claiming to quench my thirst for this flavor.  Some have been successful at both capturing the flavors and draining my bank account, but most have just drained the piggy bank.  So I took to making homemade bbq sauce.  The first recipe that I posted for the magic elixir, last year was good – really good, but I knew I could improve on the flavor (plus eliminate a step in the process – the straining of the seeds).  Of course, all it needed was a good dose of Chambord.  Huh?  Just add some alcohol to a recipe to improve it…who knew?


So, not only does this bbq sauce recipe give you the nice kick of heat from chipotle peppers, but by adding some black raspberry flavored Chambord to the recipe, it now becomes an easy bbq sauce recipe that you can enjoy over chicken (as seen in my other photo), pork or even a nice piece of salmon.

Relationship Advice

I could have learned everything I needed to know about dating while waiting tables, if I hadn’t been such a know-it-all 20 something.  With my rose colored hindsight glasses perched upon my nose, let me explain to you how waiting tables at a rib joint should have taught me everything I needed to know about dating men.

  • The more you let a guy stare at your ass, and play coy about it, the bigger your tip will be:  if he’s staring at your ass, don’t shoot him a look that says “I’m not a piece of meat and quit staring.”  You’re at a bar, for all intents and purposes you are a piece of meat for those few hours.  Enjoy the attention and you might just get a drink and have some good conversation for it.
  • If he can’t decide what he wants to eat, from a menu that consists of 6 items, he’s going to be taking up your table for a very long time and cause you to lose money that night:  if you’re in bed and he can’t figure out what to do you’re not going to have a good time, you’re not going to have an orgasm and you’re going to lose out on precious hours of sleep.
  • If you can suggest an “upsell” item to a guy that he then adds to his order, and he likes it, he’s your customer for life: if you can suggest a new (to him) sexual trick to him that he really likes, he’s yours for life.

First jobs and dating generally suck, but they of course look better with the rose tinted glasses of time.  Take a look back at your first job and see if it too didn’t teach you everything you needed to know about dating (and tell us what you should have learned).


Recipe: Easy Homemade Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Summary: You’ll never buy expensive bbq sauce again.


  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Chambord Liqueur
  • 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Molasses
  • 1 – 2 Teaspoons Chipotle Powder (adjust to your desired level of heat)


  1. Add all ingredients to a medium sized, heavy pot over medium high heat.
  2. Stir to combine all ingredients.
  3. As the mixture heats up and begins to bubble, turn heat to medium low.
  4. Continue to stir occasionally to keep things from sticking and burning on the sides or bottom of the pan.
  5. When mixture is reduced by half, remove from heat and it’s ready to serve.

Quick notes

This recipe makes approximately 1 cup of sauce. Because this has tomatoes in it, when it gets hot it starts to bubble and spit. Be careful when stirring and standing near the pot. That stuff is really hot!

Preparation time: 5 Minutes

Cooking time: 20-30 Minutes

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 1

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: USA (General)


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Laryssa May 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

Just FYI: I want to make this sauce so badly, but it’s actually not vegetarian. Worcestershire sauce has anchovies in it.

Pamela May 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

Hi Laryssa…You could make a substitute for the Worcestershire Sauce: Combine: 1 tsp tamarind paste, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp cider or white vinegar, dash hot pepper sauce, scant pinch cloves. This came from GourmetSleuth.com.

bbq ideas May 2, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Wow that looks simply amazing – I am huge fan of barbecuing and I am looking all the time for good bbq recipes and this one looks delicious!!

lisaiscooking April 29, 2011 at 6:19 am

Raspberry and chipotle are great together! I could pour this over goat cheese and be very happy, but it looks even better with chicken. Using Chambord was genius.

Maria April 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Great recipe! Just in time for summer bbq’s!

Brian @ A Thought For Food April 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

I don’t even eat meat but somehow you have me drooling! Damn you!

The Food Hound April 28, 2011 at 5:10 am

This looks amazing! I just looked up your other rasp BBQ sauce and it looks equally as amazing! The BH and I are doing a diet challenge at the gym where we can have NO added sugar for 10 weeks (yikes!), so I am going to try to adapt your original recipe to using fresh raspberries, sugar-free ketchup and omitting the brown sugar. Hopefully it will still be delish- thanks for sharing!!

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