Okay it’s confession time. I am a food blogger and self proclaimed foodie and I dislike smoked barbecue food. It’s not the sauce. It’s typically the smoke flavor. It over powers all of the other flavors for me and I can’t help but feel like I am eating the grill drippings instead of the food. For some reason my palette just doesn’t respond to smoked flavors. Naturally my husband and I have different tastes in barbecue sauces and this Spicy Chipotle Honey Barbecue Chicken is the answer.
The barbecue sauce is smoky without the use of liquid smoke. Instead I used Chipotles in Adobo sauce. Between the Chipotle peppers and a little molasses, the sauce is smoky without tasting like the actual fire pit. A win!
You’ll want to make sure to use one Chipotle pepper and then add more for your desired heat level. The first time I made this, I added 3 and I have to say it was knock your socks off hot. Thankfully no one has a problem with spicy food around here, so that was okay.
I think this sauce would be perfect as the base for a Barbecue Chicken Pizza. Make sure you check out my easy 5 Ingredient Barbecue Chicken Pizza. I think if you grilled chicken wings, it would be a hit too. Homemade barbecue sauce is really so easy. You can taste as you go and add a little of this or that to sweeten things up or spice things up. You are truly in control of your barbecue sauce destiny.
Because this sauce is so flavorful, I just brush a little on in the last 5 minutes of cooking. No need to drench it, but you can leave some out for dipping. I definitely recommend that.
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