Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce

Make this sweet and smokey Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce and you’ll be so happy you did. The recipe is simple to make, so very versatile and packs one heck of a flavor punch. This is the perfect BBQ sauce for all your grilling and BBQ flavoring needs including grilled meats, veggies and savory plant-based products such as the Beyond Burger. It also goes famously with my Blackened Ribeye Steak. Homemade BBQ sauce is in a completely different league than the store bought stuff. Careful when making this one cuz you’ll likely spoil yourself and never want to eat the store bought kind again. Don’t believe me? Give it a try!

How to make BBQ Sauce?

Making this Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce is easy! You simply combine and blend all of the ingredients in high speed blender and then cook it slowly until flavors blend and the sauce reduces by almost half. The ingredients as simple and accessible and you likely have most of them in stock at home. Many homemade BBQ sauce recipes require ketchup, however, this recipe without ketchup and requires you using tomato sauce as the base with several other ingredients 

How to use BBQ sauce?

This BBQ sauce is versatile and can be used to enhance the flavor of so many delicious dishes. Obviously this a winner for all your grilled and baked meats, veggies and plant-based ‘meat’ products. Brush all your grilled or baked meats with the sauce before, during or after cooking. Use this sauce as a sandwich spread or a meat or vegetable marinade. This sauce is also perfect for eggs: slip a few tablespoons into your deviled egg yolk mixture, top off you huevos rancheros or plain old scrambled eggs with it or drizzle atop a delicious baked Veggie Frittata.  To make an easy sweet and smokey dip add 3 tablespoons of spicy maple bbq sauce with 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise— your crudités will love you for this. 

Can the spice level be adjusted?

Although I think this recipe is perfectly spicy and delicious just as it is, I totally get that we all vary in our preferences and tolerances of levels of spiciness. To ease back on the spicy heat level here, put fewer chipotle chilis in to taste and, perhaps, ditch the cayenne pepper as well. This recipe calls for four chipotle chilis but one or two will also give you a delicious spicy, smokey signature BBQ flavor. If you want to kick up the spice level a few notches add additional chipotle chilis as well as some of the adobo sauce — it is truly delicious and will keep the smokey flavor and the heat pumpin! 

How long does this BBQ sauce keep?

This bbq sauce deepens in flavor as time progresses. It is delicious on day one but even more spectacularly delicious on day two, three or four! In a sealed container this BBQ sauce will keep well for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator, but I doubt you can hold on to it that long— You will be coming up with every excuse to slather this sauce all over anything!



Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce

Yield: 14 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Homemade Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce


  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup. Maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 chipotle in adobo sauce peppers
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cumin


  1. Combine all ingreadients in a high speed blender and blend on high for one minute.
  2. Pour blended mixture into a 2 quart saucepan, and bring to a simmer under medium-low heat.
  3. Allow the sauce to simmer under low heat for approximately 30 minutes until it has reduced by half and deepened in color.
  4. Remove the sauce from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 660mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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