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Smoky Habanero BBQ Sauce

This Smoky Habanero BBQ Sauce is a rich, full-bodied barbeque sauce that will tingle your taste-buds and leave a pleasant tickle in the back of your throat!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Sauce
Servings: 2 Cups
Author: Kristi


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 habanero chiles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • Sea salt optional, to taste


  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Place garlic cloves, red pepper, green pepper and habaneros in the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until blackened in various spots, about 10 minutes.
  • Turn off heat, remove vegetables from skillet, set aside and let cool. Once cool, peel and roughly chop garlic, red pepper and green pepper. Wearing gloves, seed and roughly chop habaneros.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned. Next, add the garlic, habaneros, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper and cook for 1 minute. Finally, add tomato sauce, vinegar, honey, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 20 to 30 minutes. Season with sea salt to taste (optional).
  • When cool, pour sauce into a blender and puree until almost smooth. Pour sauce into a jar (or multiple gift jars) and store in refrigerator until ready to use, up to two weeks.