Your family will love this delicious recipe for Pomegranate Chipotle Barbecue Sauce. Sweet and only as spicy as you like it, you’ll be using it on everything!
I have made this easy recipe for Pomegranate Chipotle Barbecue Sauce more times than I can count.
The first time I served it to my family was one of those magical family days that we’re lucky to get every now and then. We had spent the day with the girls and stopped by our local farmer’s market where I bought some fresh garlic-parmesan ciabatta bread and fresh ricotta cheese. Next was lunch with the Easter Bunny and a trip to the park. Alan took the girls outside to play when we got home, and I snuck in a nap! The day was begging me for some tasty barbecue – nothing less would have been an appropriate ending to such a lovely day.
Pomegranate Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is still Alan’s favorite to date and even my two-year-old was gnawing on the bones. If you’re concerned about too much spice for any little ones or non-spice lovers you have around, you can try dividing it into two saucepans, adding less chipotle to one and more to the other. I’ve done it that way countless times, it’s simple and love being able to give everyone a choice.
I usually add a dry rub to my ribs first but you can skip that and just use the Pomegranate Chipotle Barbecue Sauce; it still adds a lot of flavor. Just be sure to baste your ribs about 30 minutes before they’re done and serve plenty at the table. This recipe makes plenty for two 4-pound rack of St. Louis style ribs, including enough to add extra at the table (which we all know is a necessity)!
Makes about 3 cups sauce.
- 2 cups 100% pomegranate juice (I always use POM Wonderful)
- 1/4 resh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup chipotle peppers, chopped very fine
- 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 T yellow mustard
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Combine pomegranate juice, lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and keep at a very strong simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces to a syrup consistency that coats your spoon. (By the way...what you've just created is called pomegranate molasses, which can be used in many different recipes).
- Add the rest of the ingredients to saucepan, bring back to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until mixture thickens to a bbq sauce consistency.