Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Rating: 5.00
By Dave
May 11, 2021

This awesome bourbon whiskey barbecue sauce is the best reason I know of for not DRINKING bourbon.

Austin, Texas has more than its fair share of distilleries. So I just HAD to use a Texas-based bourbon for my bourbon whiskey barbecue sauce. I chose the distillery that made the very first legal Texas bourbon, Garrison Brothers.

Garrison Brothers Bourbon
Garrison Brothers Bourbon

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Bourbon Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

5 from 1 vote
This awesome bourbon whiskey barbecue sauce is the best reason I know of for not DRINKING bourbon.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely minced
  • 3/4 cup bourbon or whiskey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups ketchup


  • Cook the onion and olive oil in a large, nonreactive sauce pan over medium heat until softened. Turn OFF the heat and add the bourbon (it's highly flammable). Add all remaining ingredients. Turn the heat back ON. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low simmer and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring often. Strain sauce and serve.
    Homemade Bourbon Barbecue Sauce



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Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 475mgPotassium: 371mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 393IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
Calories: 192kcal
Cost: $10
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: barbecue, barbecue sauce, bourbon, whiskey

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