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Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

Sweet, spicy, and smoky, this Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce is the ultimate addition to grilled or smoked proteins. Its rich, tangy taste will leave your taste buds craving for more.

Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

Brush this silky smooth, spicy BBQ sauce on beef back ribs and smoked pork ribs. It’s so good that we regularly use it on chicken and pork belly too!

Ingredients for Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce:

  • Tomato sauce
  • Jalapeno jelly: This jelly is available in most grocery stores. You can also use homemade pepper jelly if preferred. If you really want to spice things up, use habanero jelly instead. Keep in mind that whatever jelly you choose should have a good balance of sweet and spicy. 
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Molasses: Use dark molasses for this barbecue sauce. You can use backstrap, but it will produce a slightly bitter after taste. If you do not have molasses, substitute with dark corn syrup or pure maple syrup..  
  • Chili powder: Use mild chili powder.
  • Granulated garlic: substitute with garlic powder for a more intense garlicky flavor.
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Liquid smoke (optional): The great liquid smoke debate – some folks swear by it while others aren’t too fond of it. If you aren’t fond of it, use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika to this tomato-jalapeno barbecue sauce.
Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

How to Make It:

  • To prepare the tomato-jalapeno barbecue sauce: combine all ingredients (except butter) in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat until jalapeno jelly and sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low and simmer on low for 4-5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  • Let the sauce cool for 10 minutes before using. 
  • If making ahead of time, cool the the tomato-jalapeno barbecue sauce completely and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week after preparation.
  • To use, baste onto ribs (or meat of choice) during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking time. 
Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

Sweet, spicy, and smoky, this sauce adds a fantastic tomato-jalapeno flare to beef and pork ribs. This sauce can also be used on chicken.
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: barbecue sauce, BBQ sauce, tomato-jalapeno sauce
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 120kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup jalapeno jelly
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (increase amount as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (substitute with garlic powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)

Instructions

  • To prepare sauce, combine all sauce ingredients (except butter) in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium high heat until jalapeno jelly and sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low and simmer on low for 4-5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter. Let sauce cool for 10 minutes before using. If making ahead of time, store cooled sauce in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week after preparation.
  • To use, simply baste onto ribs (or meat of choice) during the last 30 minutes of cook time. Do this every 10 minutes or so, until right before the meat has cooked through.

Notes

 
Things to know about this recipe:
Jalapeno Jelly: You can find  jalapeno jelly at your local market, but you can also use a homemade jelly. If you are particularly fond of high Scoville peppers, then try using a habanero jelly. Keep in mind that whatever jelly you choose should be a sweet and spicy. 
Smoke: There is nothing more hotly debated than the use of liquid smoke. Some folks are all for it, while others aren’t too fond of using it. If you are in the latter grouping, then use a bit of smoked paprika or some smoked tea in the sauce.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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