Smoke Signals Barbecue Sauce

Course : BBQ Sauce
Serves: 1
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3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup minced onion
3 cloves garlic -- minced
1 tablespoon mild chile powder
28 ounces crushed tomatoes with puree
12 ounces amber beer -- such as Dos Equis
1 cup hot tomato salsa
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup light brown sugar -- packed
4 medium chipotles in adobo sauce -- minced
2 tablespoons adobo sauce -- from can
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
1/2 teaspoon liquid hickory smoke flavoring
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation / Directions:

In a heavy 3 qt saucepan, over low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook, covered, stirring once or twice, for 10 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, beer, salsa, catsup, sugar, chipotles, adobo, vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke and salt. Cook partially covered, stirring once or twice, until the sauce has thickened slightly and is shiny, about 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature. If you prefer a smooth sauce, puree in food processor. Refrigerate for several weeks or freeze up to 3 mos. in serving-size containers.

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