Summer time means lots of grilling around here. Actually, summer time just means lots of eating outside since we are those crazy Mainers who will clear a path in the snow just to grill in the winter. We aren’t out there basting though so we leave the barbecue sauce type entrees for the summer. My husband loves all things chipotle and is always unsatisfied with barbecue sauces I buy him. Too hot, not enough depth of flavor, too much sweetness. Since I make a lot of our condiments I figured I’d start playing with barbecue sauces and see if I could come up with something he liked. While this packs more of a punch than I can handle, it isn’t burn your mouth off hot. It has great flavor while you chew your food and then just enough heat going down. You can definitely adjust the chipotle powder to your liking, but I think this is a great base to start with for most palates that desire all things chipotle like my husband!
Chipotle Barbecue Chicken
- 1/3 cup Smart Balance Cooking Oil
- 6 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 3 Tbsp light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp ground chipotle powder
- 5 Tbsp water
- 3 lbs chicken
Pre-heat grill to medium-high heat.
In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, mix the first eleven ingredients until well combined. You may need to add more water to reach desired consistency. If you want less heat from the chipotle powder, simply use a little less!
Cook chicken on grill until about 175 degrees, turning once. Baste chicken with barbecue sauce in the last two minutes. Cook until done, 180 degrees.
Makes about 1 cup of barbecue sauce
Makes 8 servings. (3 ounces cooked meat, 2 tbsp sauce per serving)
Per serving: 308 Calories, 21g Fat, 71 mg Cholesterol, 191 mg Sodium, 8g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 3 g Protein
Source: The Way to His Heart