Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Sweet, tangy and a full of flavor. Incredibly easy to make and requires one pot!

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It’s not even summer yet and I’m already in BBQ mode. I’ve been thinking of a million and one ways to use this barbecue sauce. I guess that’s what a freezing cold winter will do to a person.

Making your own barbecue sauce at home is super easy. It doesn’t require much effort and you can customize it to your liking. This barbecue sauce is on the sweeter side. You can always spice it up by adding some cayenne pepper and paprika.

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I am a major condiment lover. I love to dunk and dip everything in sauces. But I have never tried making one of my favorite condiments at home, barbecue sauce.

This barbecue sauce couldn’t be simpler. One pot and less than 20 minutes of cooking time. Throw all of the ingredients into a saucepan and let it simmer.

Best of all you should have all of the ingredients for this sauce already in your pantry.

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You can use your favorite bourbon in this barbecue sauce. I used Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon. This bourbon is smooth and buttery with hints of brown sugar. It pairs perfectly with the sauce.

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The barbecue sauce starts with onion and garlic sauteed in a bit of oil. Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and of course bourbon are added.

This sauce has the perfect combination of sweet, tart, smoky and savory.

Make a large batch and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 weeks or freeze any leftovers.

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Serve this sauce on wings, sandwiches, fries, or chicken tenders.

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Sweet, tangy and a full of flavor. Incredibly easy to make and requires one pot!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder


  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan.
  • Add in onion and cook for 2-3 minute.
  • Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with sandwiches, wings, or as a dipping sauce.
  • Store in the fridge for up to a month or freeze for up to 6 months.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 913mg40%
Potassium 315mg9%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, Condiment, Sauce


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  • Mark

    Very good recipe. I made a 10x and 20x recipe and the only addition needed was more sugar.

  • Maggie

    Just made this and it’s the best bourbon bbq I’ve tried so far. I plan to use this on chicken wings and also fresh grilled salmon. Thank you.

  • John

    I made this per recipe. It has one of the best flavors I have experienced. I used it for your Slow Cooker Barbecure Chicken recipe. I had only 1 2/3 lb. chicken and cooked on low. It was more than done in 3-4 hours (maybe a hot cooker) and it burnt around the edges. I think doubling the recipe for the slow cooker would work better. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Hi Elaine,

    I haven’t tried canning this recipe before so it is hard to say for sure. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!



  • Tina

    I didn’t need a large portion so I eyeballed the measurements and I use apple crown royal. It’s absolutely delish. Well use this recipe again!

  • Nathan

    Hi Tina,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    I’ll have to try it with the crown apple, that sounds good!


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