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Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce Recipe
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Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce
Kentucky bourbon leads a saucy cast of tangy, spicy, and sweet ingredients. See more
  • READY IN 45 mins

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

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"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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Original recipe makes 4 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 03, 2007

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! I made this for Memorial Day BBQ and it was wonderful! Used Maker's Mark and didn't change the recipe other than adding a bit more hot sauce. Cooked it outside on the grill on Saturday for Monday's BBQ. I strained the onions out and I wish I would have followed some other suggestions of cutting the onions into wedges to make it easier, but it all worked out in the end. Letting the chicken soak in the BBQ sauce for 24 hours from yesterday until today made it even better!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 22, 2011

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 turned out as a mish-mash of flavors. I'm not a sauce snob, but both my husband and I just said not to this recipe.

Apr 29, 2007

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 was in the crockpot. When we left I set it on low. Five hours later, we returned and the whole house smelled like sauce. It was great! I sat it in the fridge for 48 hours. Wow, what a sauce. I do not buy that junk in the stores anymore. THANKS HOMIE.

Feb 17, 2007

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 babybacks for 2 hours on 250, then slathered your sauce on them, put them under a low broiler. Then every 15 minutes, brushed them with the sauce again. At the end of 45 minutes the sauce had mostly carmelized and the meat was falling off the bones. Delicious! Thanks for sharing, Kevin.

May 23, 2003


May 28, 2009

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, this is delicious. I made no changes or subs, followed the recipe exact. This one's a keeper. I can only imagine how this'll crank up the flavor on my chicken!

Feb 06, 2007

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 worry about the minced onion and garlic being too chunky. When I cooked the Amazing Ribs in the crockpot, the chunks were not noticable. Try this...You'll like it!

Mar 02, 2010

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 avoid the tedious process of straining them out....


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  • Calories
  • 107 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1.8 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 629 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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