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Plum-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 1 cup

Plums boost the tangy-sweet flavor of this quick homemade barbecue sauce, which is finger-licking good on grilled chicken, pork (ribs, especially), and duck. Wait until the meat is almost cooked before brushing on the sauce, lest it burn.


  • 1 lb. firm-ripe plums (about 4 medium), pitted and quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. minced seeded canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per 2 Tbs.
  • Calories (kcal) : 60
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 150
  • Carbohydrates (g): 15
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 1


  • Put all of the ingredients in a heavy-duty 3-quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the plums break down, about 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer until thick, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Purée the sauce in a blender until smooth. Use or cool to room temperature and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Sissy76 | 09/24/2019

    I followed the recipe closely and was disappointed in the end result - too acidic and way too runny a texture for a bbq sauce. Maybe some of this was due to the difference among plums. After some doctoring- diluting with water, neutralizing with a little bit of baking soda (added a pinch at a time) and adding some corn starch to thicken I am content enough to use it on oven ribs though still not thrilled.

  • cayleee | 09/30/2018

    Do not waste the ingredients on this. Upon reading, it sounds good. Upon delivery it was down the garbage disposal. Was the one 5-star review from the creator of this recipe? Total waste of good plums 😡😡

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    TheMomChef | 08/18/2014

    Fantastic! I slathered the sauce on pork ribs and they were a huge hit, even with our eight year-old who can't tolerate much heat. The flavor was awesome; a perfect balance of sweet and heat. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://www.takingonmagazines.com/perfect-pork-spare-ribs-plum-chipotle-barbecue-sauce/

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