Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce


This smoky bourbon BBQ sauce uses Kentucky bourbon whiskey. For best results, refrigerate for a day or two, allowing the flavors to blend.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 cups


  • ¾ cup bourbon whiskey

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ onion, minced

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring

  • ½ tablespoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste


  1. Combine whiskey, garlic, and onion in a large skillet over medium heat; simmer until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, salt, black pepper, and hot pepper sauce; 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.

    close up view of Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce in a white bowl with a wooden spoon

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

53 Calories
1g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 53
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 104mg 2%

* 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.

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