Sweet n’ Spicy Raspberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

This homemade barbecue sauce made me feel real proud of myself.

Why? Cause before now, I have always bought the stuff in bulk. You see, I LOVE barbecue sauce. I love it so much that I used to carry it around in my purse (<—that didn’t end well. RIP purse).

I think my issue is just really loving condiments. I really do. Hot sauce, ketchup, barbecue sauce….I love anything that I can douse my food with that will make it a) spicier and b) saucier than before. Is there a support group for this? There should be. Wanna start one with me?

This yummy-spicy-kinda-fruity-thick-n’-saucy raspberry chipotle barbecue sauce will be the star of your summer grilling. Slather it on your chicken, pork or shoe, and I promise it will make a believer out of you.


Okay, don’t really slather your shoe. Unless it’s a shoe shaped chicken breast, then that would be perfectly acceptable. I have yet to ever witness such a thing, however.

And if you think making your own barbecue sauce from scratch is super hard and time consuming……think again! It totally wasn’t! A little messy, yes, but super hard and time consuming, no.

Then again, everything is messy with me. I once had a nanny who referred to me as “Jennifer Mess Weber” when I was eight years old and making a total war zone out of the kitchen while baking my way through the Boxcar Children Cookbook.

They key players of this sauce are ketchup and that newfangled Tabasco Raspberry Chipotle hot sauce. Have you seen it? I’m in love. If you haven’t seen it on the shelf yet, it’s cause it’s brand new. When I was visiting Avery Island, the Tabasco folks used it to make raspberry chipotle ICE CREAM!

And then my mind was blown.

I also blended fresh raspberries right into this barbecue sauce for a little added boom. I wouldn’t say it’s overly fruity though—just very sweet n’ spicy, just the way I like it. If you want to add more heat (beware!), you can increase the amount of chipotle peppers in the sauce. You do strain everything out at the end, but the flavor is imparted throughout the whole cooking process. It’s amazing!

I used my sauce to glaze some chicken breasts I was about to throw on the grill. I served my grilled chicken with a little creamy mushroom risotto and roasted glazed carrots.

Oh, and if you’re like me and love to just dump sauce all over your grilled chicken, I might recommend doubling the sauce recipe since this only yields about a quart of finished barbecue sauce.

Now what was that about a support group?

Sweet n’ Spicy Raspberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

yields about 1 quart sauce

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2 tbsp butter

3 cups small diced yellow onions (about 1.5 onions)

1 green bell pepper, small diced

2 stalks celery, small diced

2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 15-oz can tomato sauce

1 24-oz bottle ketchup

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 cup water

3 tsbp white wine vinegar

1/4 cup Raspberry Chipotle Tabasco sauce

1/2 cup pureed fresh raspberries (you can technically just mash them really well with a fork)

1 tsp salt (or to taste)


In a large heavy-bottomed saucepot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the chopped onion, bell pepper and celery. Saute for about six minutes until soft, and then add the chopped chipotle peppers and garlic. Continue sauting for another five minutes until the vegetables are very soft.

Add the tomato sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce and water. Stir well to combine and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.

Then, add the vinegar, Raspberry Chipotle Tabasco sauce and pureed fresh raspberries Continue simmering on low for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Carefully, pour the hot sauce through a strainer into another pot. You can toss the vegetables at this point and season the remaining sauce to taste with some salt and pepper.

Let the sauce cool then keep in the fridge—-it will stay good in a covered jar or container for a week (but I’m sure you will use it before then!).


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  • IdaBaker
    July 25, 2012 at 3:21 am

    LOL……………….I can use a support group for condiments, too. I’m the hot sauce person of almost every group of friends I have.

    This sauce sounds amazing, and the addition of the chipotle peppers. I’m sure I’d have to freeze some, but just think, special sauce all year long. πŸ™‚

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    July 25, 2012 at 3:52 am

    This looks amazing! And I remember when you had that BBQ sauce “incident.” So sad, yet also so funny! πŸ˜‰

  • katie @KatieDid
    July 25, 2012 at 4:08 am

    oh yes, please! This looks right up my alley… tabasco sauce is my jam.

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    July 25, 2012 at 4:33 am

    That sauce sounds wonderful–and could be used in a variety of ways. Well, anything that uses tabasco and worchestershire sauce has got to be good! πŸ™‚

  • jenna
    July 25, 2012 at 4:39 am

    oh yum! i love this idea. you can adjust the seasonings to taste. store bought sauces are always way too sweet for me.

  • Annie @ What's Annie Making?
    July 25, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Condiments anonymous. Sign me up. It isn’t normal to have more condiments in your fridge than real food????

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    July 25, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Spicy and sweet = one of the best flavor combinations!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    July 25, 2012 at 5:17 am

    You had me at raspberries!
    By the way-there’s a Madison Mini Marathon advertisement as an advertisement on your page-any news you want to share? πŸ˜‰ I’d love some good news because I’m running it!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    July 25, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Mmm I love BBQ sauce too! As a kid I was all about ketchup but now I find it way too sweet and need some sort of spicy kick. (Hence the reason I choose to slather most of my food in salsa). That is some darn fancy sounding Tabsco… must find asap!!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    July 25, 2012 at 5:26 am

    I have to be honest, Jenna, I hardly ever click over to your site anymore because I really hate partial feeds. (I’m sorry; I’m a really busy mom who likes to read quickly and doesn’t always have time) For a recipe for BBQ sauce with raspberry+chipotle, though, I had to click over! This looks incredible and I can’t wait to try it!

    • jenna
      July 25, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Your comment pushed me over the edge and I deleted the “click to read more” tab in Google Reader. I really want this site to be as easy and fun to read as possible, especially for busy moms! I’m sorry about the inconvenience in the past!

      • Penny @ Big Spoon, Little Spoon
        July 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

        I clicked over here, just to let you know how much I appreciate it as well. Funnily enough I am more likely to click over to your website when I get the full post – because it usually makes me want to read peoples’ comments (or add some random banter myself).

        • Jen
          July 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

          Ditto. Especially when reading from a smaller device like a phone. I go to hit “read more” and end up hitting something else and then get thrown all over the place. Other sites have the full post on the front page but links back to their older posts…maybe that’s an idea? But what do I know? πŸ™‚

          As for the support group – YES. Ketchup, mustard, vinegar, you name it. Although pasta sauce is the ultimate sauce that I put on everything (and I mean everything). I tried Sricha a few times and don’t know how you do it – that’s some hot stuff!

      • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
        July 30, 2012 at 4:44 am

        Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • britt
    July 25, 2012 at 5:39 am

    mmmm!! now i just need to find a meatless recipe to use this on.

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    July 25, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Very interesting! As someone who has just started liking BBQ sauce (gasp!) I might have to give this a try.

  • rachel
    July 25, 2012 at 6:07 am

    umm this looks delicious. can we get the recipe for the raspberry chipotle ice cream pretty please?

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    July 25, 2012 at 6:19 am

    What a unique blend…I think my Dad needs to start using this. ASAP! LOL.

  • Cait's Plate
    July 25, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I love this idea – the sweet/spicy combo must be so delicious!

  • Julia {The Roasted Root}
    July 25, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I LOVE homemade bbq sauce! And I could carry it around in my purse, too. πŸ˜‰ Raspberry Chipotle BBQ sauce sounds like heaven to me – looking forward to trying your recipe!

  • Christy
    July 25, 2012 at 6:47 am

    That looks amazing! I love raspberry chipotle anything. I can’t wait to grill chicken with this!

    P.S. I love condiments too! I love spicy, creamy green sauce with tacos on the side, chopped ginger with a side of dumplings, etc. Sauces make almost anything better!

  • Karen
    July 25, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Sign me up for the support group! I’m right there with you in sauciness. πŸ™‚

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    July 25, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I could drink BBQ straight from the bottle – I love it so much. I’ve always wanted to make my own but haven’t tried it yet! And with the added raspberries, it sounds amazing!

  • Nicole
    July 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

    wait help I have a condiment problem too. let’s start up that group asap! I need to get my hands on that tabasco sauce mmmmm perfect this looks!

  • Katy
    July 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

    That sauce looks incredible. I would never think to add raspberry flavors to bbq sauce.

  • Jacqueline
    July 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Barbeque sauce is my FAVORITE. Especially during summer, with all of this grilling going on (I know you know what that feels like!) I’ve been downing extra BBQ sauce like it’s my full time job. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    July 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

    This looks so good – love a good sauce and with spice and kick and raspberries, oh yeah!

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl
    July 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

    How yummy! I love condiments too, especially those with a little sweetness. This sounds right up my alley.

  • domonique @ a bowl full of simple
    July 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

    yum and yum! fire up the bbq!

  • fabiola@notjustbaked
    July 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Ooooo this sounds and looks amazing! I love sweet spicy sauces, so I imagine I would love this. And the tartness of the raspberries groping in my backyard, I think would be perfect!

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    July 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I love the idea of added raspberries! And I totally recall your bbq sauce/purse incident haha no bueno.

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    July 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I love the idea of added raspberries! And I totally recall your bbq sauce/purse incident haha no bueno.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    July 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I love condiments too. And BBQ sauce is my favorite! I also love your BBQ crockpot recipe, just sayin’.

  • laura
    July 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    looks AMAZING! i love condiments too… i think its a desire for never ending flavor explosion. it extends through to temperatures and seasoning. My cold food has to be freezing and and hot food has to be on fire. I am obsessed with salt, too

  • Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen
    July 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I also carry food in my purse. Just yesterday I whipped out zucchini from my garden and an orange. At one point I was packing my own peanut butter and jelly in my purse just because I feel like it’s one of life’s essentials. I don’t know maybe now I’ll pack BBQ sauce??
    Looks delish.

  • Margarita
    July 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I am happy to know that making your own barbecue sauce is not that complicated! By the way, I made your roasted carrots with honey ginger butter sauce and it was a hit during my dinner party last Friday. Everyone was super impressed and I was almost tempted to say I made it up myself, but I had to credit you. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda
    July 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    My name is Amanda and I’m addicted to ranch dressing. You’re not alone, condiments are amazing. πŸ™‚

  • Kristen
    July 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I just got a whole bunch of rhubarb and was thinking of making rhubarb chipotle BBQ sauce! Thank you so much for the recipe to use as a base, looks delicious!

  • Brandi@StringCheeseRunner
    July 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    This looks delicious! I love Raspberries, but I’m not sure how tasty they would be in a barbecue sauce. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try it though?

  • Catherine
    July 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Um, wow. This looks amazing.

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  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    July 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I love love love homemade BBQ sauce! Your raspberry chipotle version sounds out-of-this-world!

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia
    July 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Whoa whoa whoa…RASPBERRY bbq sauce? That’s sounds wild enough to work! I’m a big fan of raspberry dressing, as well as bbq sauce, so I imagine that I’d really like this. How do you come up with this stuff?? πŸ™‚

  • Karen4Gators
    July 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I can’t find the Raspberry Chipolte Tabasco in our store. They carry the plain Chipolte Tabasco, so what if I use that and maybe add some raspberry preserves?

    • jenna
      July 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      That is exactly what I would do! I would mix 1/4 cup tabasco with about 2 tbsp raspberry preserves. You’re good!

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    July 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Oh yummm. For a second I thought that spoon was a straw. Then again, I wouldn’t be complaining about eating bbq sauce with straw πŸ™‚

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