Ancho Fig BBQ Sauce

Makes 6 cups
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Ancho Fig BBQ Sauce: The perfect summer BBQ sauce. Slightly sweet and spicy and ready in minutes! Slather it on any grilled or smoked meat or, my favorite, macaroni and cheese! From the Franklin Barbecue Cookbook!
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Aaron Franklin’s recipe for ancho fig BBQ sauce. Not available at the restaurant but so good on a variety of things. I like it on macaroni and cheese!

Recipe from Franklin Barbecue.


4 dried ancho chiles, rehydrated in hot water
12 figs, fresh (and grilled) or dried
1/2 yellow sweet onion, chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 (12 ounce bottle) stout beer
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup fig preserves (or any fruit preserves)
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon coarse black pepper


1) In a large skillet over medium heat, add the rehydrated and chopped chiles, chopped figs, onions, and butter. Cook for about 10 minutes.

2) Transfer those items to a blender along with sugar, beer, ketchup, vinegars, preserves, honey, and salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.

3) As the blender runs, add as much water from the chiles as needed to get the consistency you like. I added about 1 cup of reserved water, but it’s personal preference. Also, depending on the size of your blender, you might have to work in batches.

This recipe makes A LOT. It will keep fine in the fridge for two weeks or you could freeze it. You can also pretty easily halve the recipe.