Just when you thought BBQ sauce could not get any better, I’m taking it to the next level by adding bacon with this Chipotle Bacon BBQ Sauce. Your eyes are not deceiving you, there is bacon IN this barbecue sauce.  It’s slightly spicy, with a Mexican flare from chipotle peppers in adobo, slightly sweet and has a rich depth of flavor thanks to everyone’s favorite pork.

Pouring the bbq sauce into a jar
A clamp jar filled with bbq sauce

The sauce takes about 20 minutes from start to finish so you can whip this up anytime you need a quick BBQ sauce. The sauce is started by cooking bacon (I know, any recipe that starts this way is always good!), onions and garlic.  The chipotles in adobo, tomato purée, honey, apple cider vinegar and salt are added. The sauce is then simmered for 10 minutes to thicken.  

As you can see, it’s a bit chunky so I allow the sauce to cool a little before I process it and transfer it to sealed jars.You can make it days or a week ahead of when you need it because it keeps very well in a sealed jar, refrigerated.

There is so much flavor packed into this sauce and it’s so easy to make, you could make up a large batch and keep it refrigerated for all those times you need a zippy, zesty sauce.

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Yield: 8 servings

Chipotle Bacon BBQ Sauce

A jar full of bbq sauce with a pulled pork sandwich

Delicious barbecue sauce get taken to a new level by adding bacon.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (104 grams) yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 6 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 chipotle pepper from a can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) sauce from chipotles in adobo
  • 30 ounces (850 grams) tomato purée/passata
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)


  1. Add the oil to a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and bacon, cook until the bacon is cooked. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chopped chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, honey and salt stir well. Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened.
  2. Allow the sauce to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer to sterilized jars with lids and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.


Yields 4 cups/32 ounces/1 liter

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 158Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 9mgSodium 405mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 3gSugar 16gProtein 6g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.