Chipotle Coffee BBQ Sauce

Source: Micki Seibel, August 2014

Source: Micki Seibel, August 2014

The most difficult thing about not being able to eat gluten and dairy is that it’s nearly impossible to buy anything pre-made in a packet or bottle. It always contains either gluten or dairy or both. In the rare cases where it is free from gluten and dairy, it’s often free of flavor or else packed with added sugar (or worse, high-fructose corn syrup) to compensate for the lack of flavor. Bottled BBQ sauce is one such product. This homemade BBQ sauce is easy to make, packed with flavor made from whole ingredients from nature (save for the worcestershire sauce, which are free to omit).


  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 4 chipotle peppers
  • 6 whole tomatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté the garlic and chipotle peppers in ghee or coconut oil until the garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the whole tomatoes and continue to sauté an additional 3 minutes.
  3. Either using a handheld stick blender or by transferring your sauce to a food processor or blender, puree the mixture until smooth.
  4. Return your mixture to the pan over medium heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Turn the heat to high, bring your mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 35 minutes stirring occasionally until the sauce is thickened and turns burgundy in color.

How to Not Screw It Up

  1. Don’t substitute for chipotle peppers.Chipotle pepperscan be found in the Mexican food section of your grocery store, so they are easy to find.Chipotlesare smoked jalapeno peppers, and the deeply smoky flavor they bring is an essential base to this BBQ sauce. If
    Source: Micki Seibel, August 2014

    Source: Micki Seibel, August 2014

    you can’t find chipotle peppers, make something else and save this recipe for another day.

  2. A trick for working with sticky honey. Measure a little more than 1/4 cup of honey into a glass liquid measuring cup. Microwave on high for 15 seconds and then add to your sauce. Heating honey in the microwave will make it less sticky and more of it will end up in your sauce and less lining the inside of the measuring cup.
  3. What is smoked paprika? Smoked paprika is commonly used in Spain to bring a rich smoky flavor to dishes. If you can not find it in your local grocery store, it’s commonly available online. You can substitute ordinary paprika, but once you’ve used smoky paprika where it’s called for, you will never substitute again. Trust me.