Smoky Barbecue Sauce

It's smoky! Rich, spicy, smoky barbecue sauce. Perfect for burgers, ribs, or beef brisket.
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 4 Tbsp butter (can substitute vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 grated onion
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1-4 chipotle chiles in adobo (depending on how hot you want your bbq sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
  • Salt to taste

For the chicken:
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone-in with skin
  • 4 drumsticks, bone-in with skin
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
Directions
  • Sauté the grated onion in butter: Heat the butter in a heavy pot over medium-high heat until it froths (or heat vegetable oil until hot), then add the grated onion. Sprinkle a little salt over the onion. Sauté until the onion just begins to color, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Mince the chipotle chile: While the onions are cooking, finely chop the chipotle chiles in adobo. They are hot, so start with one chile. You can add as many more as you want later.
  • Add chipotle and remaining ingredients to the onions: Add the chipotle to with the onions, then add the tomatoes, vinegar, molasses, sugar, liquid smoke, and chopped sage. Stir to combine and let this simmer for 5 minutes. Taste it and add salt and more chipotle if you want.
  • Simmer 1 hour: Simmer the sauce gently, uncovered, for 1 hour. Before serving, taste one more time for salt and chile.

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