orange chipotle barbeque sauce

April 29th, 2010

I first made this recipe a few months ago for Aaron’s birthday. Not only did the flavors sounds amazing, but since his birthday was on a weekday I wanted to it to be as easy as it was delicious. Holy smokes! Its spicy goodness knocked our socks off and I’ve been making it ever since.

I don’t have much experience with making barbeque sauce, but among the few that I’ve made, this is about as easy as it gets. Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. No fussy warming on the stovetop or putting stuff in a food processor.

Depending on what kind of meat you’re using, just coat it entirely with the sauce and slow cook it. I’ve tried a variety of slow roasts, like pork shoulder, pork loin and even brisket and all have been super tasty, but I think my favorite was the pork shoulder which I put in the crock pot and cooked on low for about 12 hours.

This sauce is not for the spice-adverse folks out there, the chipotles bring some serious heat, but it’s so good! The orange juice and honey mingle with the spiciness to bring in a little sweet action and keep you coming back for another bite. I love to put the meat on a bed of polenta to offset the heat and texture of the meat. If you like a bit of spice and easy recipes, you’ve met you’re match. So delicious!

chipotle-orange barbeque sauce

1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup honey
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 can chipotle peppers, puréed or minced*
1 Tablespoon vegetable or light olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pork shoulder, 2-3lbs (optional)

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients.
Put the pork in a crockpot, cover with the sauce and cook for 12 hours on low. Meat will fall apart.

*Removing the seeds will help reduce the spiciness. I usually remove the seeds of half the peppers.

Comments: 8 Total

  1. stephanie

    April 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, man. This sounds so tasty! I’m always looking for reasons to buy pork shoulder and slow cook it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Claire

    April 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    mmm, that sauce sounds so yummy!

  3. DailyChef

    April 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Wow – I love sauces that give the meat a little bit of a kick! This sounds perfect!

  4. Susan

    April 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Oooh, definitely a winner, thanks for sharing!

  5. Alison

    May 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Mm, this looks delicious! My dad is a huge barbecue fan, and I’d love to make him some next time I visit. How long do you think the sauce will last in the fridge, if made in advance? And does the cooking add anything, or can you just slather the “raw” sauce on sandwiches or leftovers?

    Thanks so much — love your blog!

  6. Lauren

    May 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Yum, I love BBQ sauce. Cute blog. :)


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