Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potatoes


This bourbon sweet potato recipe has been in the family for years — I don't know who it came from. The only thing I changed was the amount of bourbon. Sliced sweet potatoes are baked to tender perfection in the oven in a sweet bourbon and butter sauce. Delicious side dish for any holiday or winter meal.

sweet potatoes in dish
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins

Kick Thanksgiving up a notch with these bourbon sweet potatoes. Infused with boozy flavor, you'll come back to this holiday side dish year after year.

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make these bourbon sweet potatoes:

· Sweet potatoes: You'll need six large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced.
· Sugar: A cup of white sugar makes these sweet potatoes extra sweet.
· Butter: Butter keeps these bourbon sweet potatoes nice and moist.
· Bourbon: Of course, you'll need bourbon! Choose something smooth and drinkable.
· Vanilla: Finish off these sweet potatoes with a dash of vanilla extract.

How to Make Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these boozy bourbon sweet potatoes:

Arrange the sweet potatoes in a baking dish. Bring the sugar, butter, bourbon, and vanilla to a boil. Immediately remove the mixture from the heat, then pour it over the sweet potatoes. Bake in a preheated oven until the sweet potatoes are soft.

How to Store Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

Allow the sweet potatoes to cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container. Store them in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat in the microwave, on the stove, or in the oven.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I let it sit in the sauce at least overnight, so the sweet potatoes will soak it up," says jbpllp. "Cook as directed, and they melt in your mouth."

"These were tender and flavourful (especially when served with fresh ground black pepper) and a definite hit," raves Kuldunia.

"Great recipe," according to SENGA6. "I used Jack Daniels for the bourbon, and also boiled the yams for 20 minutes before baking them, as I like them very soft. It came out perfect and was sooo easy."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup bourbon

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange sweet potatoes in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. Combine sugar, butter, bourbon, and vanilla in a large saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. As soon as the sauce comes to a boil, remove from the heat and pour it over the sweet potatoes in the baking dish.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until sweet potatoes are soft, 30 to 40 minutes.


You can use white sweet potatoes instead or orange, or canned. If you prefer to use canned sweet potatoes, you'll need three 18-ounce cans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

353 Calories
8g Fat
62g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 353
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 179mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 768mg 16%

* 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.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.