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Maple Chipotle Barbecue Cauliflower

Maple Chipotle Barbecue Cauliflower transforms everyday cauliflower into a delicious sweet, spicy and smoky appetizer or side dish that is certain to convert the most avid cauliflower hater into a cauliflower lover!
Course Appetizers, Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword Maple Chipotle Barbecue Cauliflower
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 333kcal



  • Cooking spray
  • 1 head cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets
  • 3/4 cup flour can use gluten-free
  • 1 cup milk can use dairy-free, such as almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Maple Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 - 2 chipotle chilies plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (add more for more heat or less to reduce heat)


  • Preheat oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with foil. On top of the foil-covered baking sheet, place an oven-safe baking rack, and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour, 1 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon each of black pepper and garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon chili powder. Whisk until lumps are gone and batter has thickened. Add the cauliflower florets into the bowl with the batter, and toss to coat the cauliflower thoroughly.
  • Place the coated cauliflower in one layer on the baking rack on the pan. Leave enough space between each cauliflower floret so none is touching. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower starts to brown.
  • While the cauliflower is baking, mix together the Maple Chipotle Barbecue Sauce. In a medium bowl add 2/3 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce, 1/3 cup maple syrup (the amount may need to be adjusted depending on the sweetness of the barbecue sauce), and 1 - 2 chipotle chilies (depending on how spicy you like it), and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce.
  • When the cauliflower is ready, remove it from the oven and toss it with the Maple Chipotle Barbecue sauce so it is thoroughly coated.
  • Spray the baking rack with cooking spray again and place the Maple Chipotle Barbecue Cauliflower on the baking rack, and place back in the oven. Bake for 10 more minutes, or until browned to your liking. Remove from oven and carefully transfer the hot Maple Chipotle Barbecue Cauliflower to a serving dish. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch dressing. I served it with a Salsa Ranch Dressing!


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 2mg