Habanero BBQ Sauce

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  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    50 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 40 m
Derek M. Zimmerman
Recipe by  Derek M. Zimmerman

“Sweet, tangy, and spicy...Great addition to ribs, chicken, or pulled pork (ESPECIALLY pulled pork sandwiches.)”

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Original recipe yields 20 servings



  1. Bring vinegar to a boil in a saucepan; add habanero peppers, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, mustard, white pepper, and seasoned salt. Allow mixture to return to a boil, then stir in brown sugar and ketchup.
  2. Boil sauce for 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool and serve.

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Yes i have tried this. I smoked 3 boston butts for X-Mas and made this for the beer drinkers of the bunch. I wanted to kick it up a notch. I have my own sauce for the average non heat lovers but i have to say this was VERY good on pulled pork. I cheated a bit and added 1 more habanero that it called for but 5 stars on this one. Thanks Derek. :)



We tried this as a sauce for wings..We love the habenaro hot BBQ at Taco mac and wanted to replicate it. This is even BETTER than their wing sauce...but we did make modifications. We cut the recipe into 1/3 b/c we didn't want that much sauce. Then, we doubled the amount of brown sugar as well as ketchup...and we did NOT add any cayenne power mostly b/c we did not have any. Oh and we used black pepper, again, it is what we had on hand. We put it on wings that we grilled and put Lotta Bull BBQ seasoning on as they grilled, then tossed in the sauce. They were out of this world! My hubby suggested we only use 1/2 of a habanero next time if we are making it for others b/c we like hot food and it wasn't uncomfortable but certainly noticeable in terms of hot on our lips after we ate. My hubby said a MUST make again. Delicious!



I helped my 14 yr. old son make this to go with pork chops. We halved all the ingredients since there are only three of us who enjoy spicy food. It was delicious-sweet and spicy, a great combination. My son did add a little extra ketchup and a small amount of spicy bottled BBQ sauce because he was afraid it wasn't going to thicken up enough. Would definitely recommend you try this sauce.

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Amount Per Serving (20 total)

  • Calories
  • 106 cal
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs
  • 24.5 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 122 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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