Homemade Spicy ‘Cue Sauce

Olas & Chanclas | Homemade Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This is a mashup of at least three to four different recipes. I actually took notes and wrote down EXACTLY what I used so I could share this zesty BBQ sauce that hits you in the back of the throat and then spreads to your lips about 5 seconds after you’ve finished your bite.

It even passed the dog shit test. What’s that, you ask? Whenever the hubs says, “I’d put that on dog shit and eat it,” I know I’ve hit a home run with whatever it is I’m making (this can pertain to ANYTHING — not just sauces). I know it sounds odd, but it’s become the litmus test in our kitchen.

This started off too vinegary so I ended up adding more brown sugar and molasses (final amounts in ingredients list accounts for this). I’d add more peppers for additional heat next time. Yes, we like to make our taste buds sizzle.

We opted to slather this stuff on some chicken legs and grill ’em — I’m excited to try using it to make a homemade BBQ chicken pizza (because I have enough left over). Next time I want to try it on ribs.

Olas & Chanclas | Homemade Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Spicy ‘Cue Sauce


  • 1 T olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 yellow peppers, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, chopped
  • ½ t cayenne
  • ½ t red pepper flakes
  • ¼ t cumin
  • ¼ t chili powder
  • ¼ t paprika
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 2 t ground mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 C dark brown sugar
  • 4 C ketchup
  • 1 ¼ C apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ C molasses


1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat. Add onion, garlic, peppers, cayenne, pepper flakes, cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, ground mustard, and salt and pepper. Cook about 8 minutes, until onions are translucent. Make sure you have that overhead vent on because those peppers and spices are gonna get pretty crazy (and you just might start sneezing and coughing a ton).

Olas & Chanclas | Homemade Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce

If you don’t have yellow peppers or serranos, just add more jalapenos. If you don’t have white onion, red onion should work just as well.

2. Add the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire and molasses. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 30 minutes to an hour (however thick you want to make it), stirring periodically.

Olas & Chanclas | Homemade Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce

3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Use the sauce immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, until ready to use.

This made about 5 cups, so you’re going to want to either bottle it up and give some away as a gift (hint hint!) or plan on a bunch of grilling happening over the next two weeks.

I made a quesadilla with it yesterday and dipped my flautas in it last night.

I can’t tell you how (sorry for the total cliche) lip-smackin’ delish this is.

Olas & Chanclas | Homemade Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce

If you’re getting your grill on this weekend for Father’s Day (shout out to all those amazing dads out there!), you might want to impress the men and give this recipe a shot. You will NOT be disappointed.


In honor of one of THE MOST amazing dads who is no longer with us but is always and forever in our hearts, here’s a Throwback Thursday shot of my dad with me and my two older sisters (that’s my middle sister sitting on his lap). Miss you everyday, pops! You would have LOVED this BBQ sauce.

Olas & Chanclas | Pops




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