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Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

"This is a barbecue sauce recipe using Kentucky bourbon whiskey. For best results, refrigerate for a day or two, allowing the flavors to blend."
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45 m servings 107 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings (4 cups)


  • Calories:
  • 107 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 1.8 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs:
  • 16.6g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 629 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic, and whiskey. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Run sauce through a strainer if you prefer a smooth sauce.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup

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Update: I figure out this tastes the same no matter which bourbon whiskey I use. I now pick up one of the cheapest bottles they have and it's great. Original: This deserves more than 5 stars!...

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Just don't understand what the other reviewers see in this. The whiskey was overly aggressive as a flavor, and the sauce just didn't know what it wanted to be: sweet, hot, it just tur...

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Update: I figure out this tastes the same no matter which bourbon whiskey I use. I now pick up one of the cheapest bottles they have and it's great. Original: This deserves more than 5 stars!...

This recipe is off the chains!!!! I used it four times already since November. The last time I've made it, I used a crockpot and made a gallon of it. My family and I went bowling while this w...

Hey Kevin Why haven't you bottled this stuff? Its the best we've ever tried. We love BBQ sauce on pulled pork, baby backs, and country ribs. Outstanding. Thanks for sharing. I pre-baked the baby...


This BBQ sauce recipe is freakin' insane. So good. I made it this morning and let it cook a bit, planning on using it for BBQ chicken tonight. I stuck my finger in to taste it and oooohweeee, th...

The best BBQ sauce I have ever had! Made sauce the night before making the Amazing Ribs from this website. A true winner! Used Crown Royal whiskey (how can you go wrong with that??) Don't worr...

Awesome BBQ sauce - I scaled this down just to try it and I'm so glad I did. I added a little more bourbon to it and next time I'll do it in a crock pot and leave the onions in large pieces to ...

WOW!!! I lived in Kansas City for over 40 years and we know BBQ and this sauce is the best I think I have ever tasted. It is easy to make, and it IS better to make a few days before you use it...

Excellent. Best if left for over 24 hours before using. Maybe a little less liquid smoke and a little more hot sauce next time I make it.