For those of you that really enjoy a spicy barbecue sauce then you’ve found the right place! Listed below is a wide range of Hot BBQ sauces ranging from the tame to the EXTREME and everything in between. If there’s certain types of Spicy barbecue sauces using specific peppers like Habanaro or Jalapeno then you’ll enjoy how we’ve organized
them by the type of spicy peppers used in the recipe.
Also, if you have created your own sauce, Tell us about it! We’d love to include your recipe in our list and let everyone give it a try!
Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipes
Jalapeno BBQ Sauce Recipes
Everything with Chili Peppers
If you like Hot Chilies then you’ll love this Hot Chile pepper barbecue sauce recipe. There’s plenty of ways to make any sauce hot, including BBQ sauce. This recipe uses red chilies to crank up the heat.
- 1 cup hot water
- 6 dried red chili peppers
- 4 dried pequin chili peppers
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- ⅓ cup vinegar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Place dried chilies in hot water for 15 minutes to soften.
- Pour water and chilies into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Sauté onion and garlic in oil.
- Pour in blended chilies and add remaining ingredients.
- Bring to a boil then remove from heat and allow to cool.
- For a smoother sauce, return cooled sauce to blender and blend until smooth.
Hot barbecue sauces are great if you enjoy “kickin it up a notch” as Emeril Lagasse would say. Now Jalapeno is by far NOT the hottest pepper out there. In fact, it’s one of the milder hot peppers available. So if you are ready for really hot barbecue sauce you might want to try some of the Habanero barbecue sauce recipes. If not, and you are just venturing into the land of HOT, then this is a great place to start.
If you haven’t made hot sauces before and you don’t know how much heat you can take, you might want to try one of the recipes with the least amount of peppers or just cut down the amount of hot peppers in any of the recipes and ease into it! Hot dishes are definitely an acquired taste. Not many people come out of the womb ready to eat the hottest food around! So, be careful, be adventurous and definitely give some of these hot and spicy barbecue sauces a try and see how you like them!
This recipe is a basic Chipotle BBQ Sauce recipe. Feel free to add more Chipotle Chiles if you like yours hot!
- 2 Chipotle chilies
- 2 bacon slices, finely cut up
- ¼ cup onion, finely chopped (1 small)
- 3 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 cup beef broth
- ¼ cup carrot, finely chopped
- ¼ cup celery, finely chopped
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, snipped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Cover chilies with warm water.
- Let stand until softened, about 1 hour.
- Drain and finely chop.
- Cook and stir bacon and onion in a 2-quart saucepan until bacon is crisp.
- Stir in chilies and remaining ingredients.
This version of a Chipotle Barbecue Sauce recipe is much sweeter due to the Molasses and brown sugar which is more to my taste. If you haven’t every tried Chipotles before, then you’ve missed out on some great flavor! For a list of several other Chipotle Barbecue Sauce recipes take a look at our Jalapeno BBQ Sauce Recipes section.
- ¼ cup Chipotle puree (below)
- (Puree made using 1 (7-ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce)
- ½ cup cider vinegar
- 1 quart ketchup
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¼ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons granulated onion
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- ½ cup orange juice
- This is a simple way to make the Chipotle Puree without using the normal dried ones. Place contents of the can of Chipotle in a blender. Add water to the can until it is about ⅔ full. Swirl water around can to rinse well, then pour water into blender. Blend on high speed for about 10 seconds, or until completely smooth.
- Take ¼ cup of the Puree (or more if you like a stronger Chipotle flavor and you like it hotter) and add all the other ingredients together. Heat the whole concoction up and then use it!
Okay, yes, you might think this one is a cheat! However, if you are in a hurry and simply want to use the base flavor of your favorite store bought BBQ sauce but with a real Jalapeno kick, then this recipe is for you! So you can see why we call it an Easy Jalapeno BBQ Sauce recipe. If you are not in the mood for starting out with a store bought BBQ sauce, then definitely go to our The Basics section and try out one of our basic homemade BBQ sauce recipes as the base for this recipe.
- 2 to 4 large, fresh jalapeño peppers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- One bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce
- Two shots of Johnny Walker Gold or other premium whiskey. (One shot of whiskey is for the sauce; the other is for the chef.)
- Touch of molasses
- Bottle cap of liquid smoke
- Bottle cap Worcestershire sauce
- Pinch of cane sugar
- Cut the jalapeños into thin slices and brown them in a skillet with the olive oil.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a blender and chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Okay, I have this recipe for Honey Jalapeno BBQ Sauce also listed in the Hot & Spicy section of the website. But since it included honey, I wanted to make sure all of the “honey” BBQ Sauces were listed together in one place since Honey BBQ Sauces are probably the most desired type of BBQ Sauce Recipes around.
This recipe, however, is truly a cheat if you are in a hurry for a quick Honey Jalapeno BBQ Sauce. Why? Well, it’s not a “from scratch” recipe. Simply take your favorite store bought barbecue sauce and add the honey and jalapenos to sweeten and spice it up. You could always choose an existing honey bbq sauce and skip adding the honey, but adding honey really sweetens it up which I like. The whiskey adds a nice flavor as well which you won’t find in many store bought sauces. If you don’t want to use a store bought sauces, you can take a basic tomato based BBQ sauce recipe from our “The Basics” section and have a completely homemade honey barbecue sauce which I would recommend.
- ½ cup whiskey
- 2 tbls. butter
- 6 jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 bottles store bought barbecue sauce
- 2 tbls cayenne pepper
- ½ cup honey
- Carefully heat whiskey over medium heat until it catches fire.
- Let alcohol burn out, leaving about ½ cup reduction.
- Add butter, jalapenos, barbecue sauce, cayenne and honey.
- Simmer for one hour, stirring often
- Note: Makes 4 cups
Adding as much Chili powder as you can stand makes this Honey BBQ Sauce Recipe a spicy one! For those of you that like a Honey Mustard flavor, you can also add the Dijon mustard as well and make this a Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce as well.
In putting together a nice variety of recipes for Honey BBQ Sauces, I ran into this one that you can spice up with chili powder and flavor it up as much as you like. If you really want a HOT BBQ sauce, then you’ll have to try out some of the Jalapeno or Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipes I’ve included as well. So, if this isn’t spicy enough, keep poking around and I’m sure you’ll find a recipe hot enough to satisfy your spicy side!
- ¾ cup honey (a little more if you like it real sweet)
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 tbsp. vinegar
- 2 teaspoons chopped onion
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, put through a press
- 2 teaspoons Dijon style mustard (optional-if you like a Honey-Mustard flavor)
- Chilli powder (optional – As much as you can stand if you like it SPICY!)
- Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes
This is a great basic Jalapeno barbecue sauce recipe. It has all the classic ingredients of a traditional BBQ sauce such as brown sugar, tomatos and onions. With the Jalapenos this recipe also throws in the Cilantro making it a real mexican style recipe. Personally I like things a little spicer so feel free to add more Jalapenos if this recipe is not spicy enough for you.
- 1 Tbs Olive oil
- ½ cup Onion, diced
- ½ tsp.Garlic, minced
- ¼ cup Red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp.Ground cloves
- 1 tsp.Ground allspice
- ¼ cup Cilantro leaves, chopped
- ½ cup Brown sugar
- 2 tsp.Jalapeno peppers, seeded finely diced
- 12 oz.Tomato ketchup
- 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
- Salt to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a saucepan and saute onion, garlic and jalapeno peppers until translucent.
- Add the vinegar, cloves, allspice and cilantro and simmer until reduced by ½.
- Add the brown sugar, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.
- Simmer for 25 minutes or until proper consistency is achieved.
- Place in blender and puree until smooth.
- Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- Makes 1 pint
This barbecue sauce can be used as a serving/dipping sauce as well as a basting sauce. It works well on just about any meat. I’m a huge fan of chipotle which I’ve noticed is now popping up everywhere in restaurants and in various grocery products. If you aren’t familiar with Chipotle and what they are, they are simply smoked Jalepeno’s that give them a really nice smoky flavor. If you are interested in other Chipotle barbecue sauce recipes you should take a look at our whole list of Chipotle and Jalepeno barbecue sauce recipes by clicking the link.
- ½ cup ketchup
- ⅓ cup red wine, preferably dry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- In a medium saucepan, add olive oil, garlic, chipotle powder, and cumin.
- Allow to heat through, while stirring, for 1 minute.
- Add red wine and brown sugar.
- Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add in soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Simmer for 2 minutes more.
- Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly before using.
This section is dedicated to the most common type of Hot and Spicy barbecue sauces. The Jalapeno and Chipotle Chili based sauces.
Chipotle chilies add a great smoky flavor to food and in particular these barbecue sauce recipes. What are Chipotle chilies you ask? They are dried and smoked Jalapeno peppers which gives them a unique taste which is quite different than the normal Jalapeno you are used to.
The picture above shows the most common type of Chipotle you will find which happens to be known as the morita. This is most likely what you’ll find at your local grocery store unless you happen to have a store with a great variety of mexican food. In that case, give the recipe a try with other types of Chipotle and let us know. We’d be happy to have you post your comments on using other varieties of Chipotle and chili peppers.