Saturday, August 28, 2010

Raspberry Chipotle Sauce you can make in your own Cul de Sac!

Oh my!

Long time readers know I have had a love affair with Raspberry Chipotle BBQ sauce.  I've used it on a Spiral Cut Bacon wrapped sausage stuffed pork loin (yes, pork, wrapped around pork, wrapped around pork).  I also used it on salmon, shrimp, steak sandwich, potato salad and more.  A personal favorite was to make a nice batch of Raspberry Chipotle brisket chili.  Sweet and heat, can't beat it.

But so far, I haven't quite been able to make the sauce as rich, thick and tasty as the better commercial brands... Till now.

To be fair, I actually wanted to make a Raspberry Chipotle paste that I could use to season a mop sauce (see the photo, a thin sauce used to baste a pork shoulder while I was smoking it).  Once it is in a concentrated form, I can easily use a couple TBS to flavor the mop sauce, as well as make a thin North Carolina style finishing vinegar sauce.  Finally, with the past, I can add to ketchup and make a fast easy BBQ sauce.  

And with raspberries being a dollar a pint at my Farmer's Market (I love this time of year!), this is far cheaper than the top quality commercial brand.

So, here's what I did...

2 pints fresh Raspberries, rinsed
1/2 medium Onion minced
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 TBS Olive Oil
2 TBS canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, chopped
1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
3/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt

  1. In a saucepan, heat the oil and sauté the onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the Chiles and stir constantly for about a minute.
  3. Add the Raspberries and continue to stir and cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the vinegar to deglaze the pan, and finally, add the sugar and salt and bring everything to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook till you get the desired consistency.  Like I said, I wanted a thick paste that I would use for a variety of uses.
  6. Pulse in a food processor to get an even thick paste.
2 TBS of the canned peppers in the Adobo sauce makes this very spicy as is. 

But I was using this as a mop sauce.

I took one rounded TBS of the Raspberry Chipotle paste.

Added that to 1 1/2 cup of Cider Vinegar,
1 sliced Jalapeño 
1/2 Onion sliced and rings separated

And just mix well.  It will be a very thin almost watery consistency.  

And now I was ready to take my new mop sauce and smoke a little pork shoulder for some killer pulled pork!

I recently did a very detailed post on smoking a pork shoulder.  Click HERE for those details.

So, for this cook session, I used my new raspberry Chipotle vinegar mop sauce.  It is most important to mop the pork each hour for the first 5 hours of the cook.  That is the time when the tissues absorb the sauce best.  After that, a mop every 3 hours is fine.  Slow cooking, means this was going to be a 24 hour cook, averaging just about 210 degrees.  Again, click HERE for those details.

I made a finishing sauce for the pork from the same Raspberry Chipotle Paste.

A finishing sauce is very thin.  It is poured over the pork after it is pulled and just prior to serving.  The sauce adds an extra bit of moisture to insure a moist pieces of meat.  Traditionally, a pork shoulder is among the very toughest, fattest meats on a pig.  That is why slow cooking is about the only way to get a tender meal out of it.  But the slow cooking process can also dry out the meat.  That is why a mop and a finishing sauce is recommended.

I just took another 2 TBS of the Rasperry Chipotle Paste,

added that to 1 1/2 cup of cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 TBS black pepper

Whisk everything together, and pour over the finished meat and toss so everything is well coated.

Serve on a homemade bun, with some Firecracker Cole Slaw...

And my "If I could chose my last meal" Meal would be a pulled pork sandwich (with Raspberry Chipotle finishing sauce), some Blue Cheese Potato Salad, my insanely good Smoked Beans and this colorful firecracker Cole Slaw.  But those will be posts for another day.

I love this meal!


  1. Can I share your last meal with you?!! You had me at "sweet and heat" and you also had me at apple cider vinegar and sliced fresh jalapenos.

    Adding raspberries to my grocery list!

  2. How clever to combine raspberries with hot chipotle peppers. It would certainly make a fine "last" meal with the pulled pork.

  3. oh man, Dave, I'm coming over to eat - right now! The raspberry chipotle sauce sounds absolutely amazing. Can't wait to try...Now I'm off to check out your firecracker slaw. :) (BTW - signed copy of Roast Mortem going into the mail to you this week!)

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  4. Dang - I have to wait for the firecracker slaw?!! Okay, but I'm looking forward to it. :)

  5. Dave my mouth was literally watering by your wonderful food. I love the idea of the raspberry bbq sauce, that sounds heavenly!

    And thanks for the encouragement on the walking, I think that's something that a). I will love and b). It's easy and c). It's free!

  6. Your pictures are really good Dave. Don't you love that new camera? I am loving this whole sandwich! Sounds wonderful and a perfect blend of flavors. Gotta make it soon. Thanks for sharing your sauce with us.

  7. Damn that is one tasty last meal! I love the idea of making your own bbq sauce...I've given up on store brands. They're always too sweet for me!

  8. many good things here. Right now, I am drinking a very good margarite. Cabo Wabo. And that made me think of tropical things...then your here I am. :-)

  9. So I was scanning through one of my favorite blogs and what a surprise to see a link (I recognized the picture) to one of my favorite chefs. This sounds amazing.

  10. Wow! That raspberry chipotle sauce looks divine. I can't even imagine how great it is with some pulled pork. Yum!!

  11. Wow, I have been on the hunt for a good Chipotle Sauce. It's 7:19am and my mouth is watering; ready to have this for breakfast.

    Thank you for sharing your delicious food with us. I'm very excited to make this.