Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

I love barbecue sauce. Some may suggest I love it too much. There are so many varieties you can sample and they can really compliment a meaty burger or brat. Being a lover of whiskeys and bourbons as well, here is my take on a bourbon barbecue sauce.


  • 1 medium yellow or white onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3/4c bourbon(Pick what you want, but I wouldn’t waste the good stuff in a sauce)
  • 2c ketchup
  • 1/3c cider vinegar
  • 1/4c Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2c dark brown sugar(packed)
  • 1/2tsp black pepper
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp cayenne pepper sauce(If you like more kick, try 1 Tbsp. BANG!)
  • 1/2c cold water
  • 1Tbsp corn starch


  1. Mince the onion and garlic. Then put them into a pot
  2. Add the bourbon and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients except the water and the corn starch.
  4. Bring your sauce to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Mix the water and corn starch together and stir vigorously until it is absorbed by the water into a milky concoction.
  6. Pour the water into your sauce and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Stir constantly for 1 minutes and then continue to simmer and stir 4-5 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  8. Let cool and store in the refrigerator until you need it or follow regular canning guidelines if you wish to keep it without refrigerating.



There’s a lot of opportunity to change up this recipe. Try adding a few Tbsp of liquid smoke are add hot peppers with your onions in the beginning. The only person that knows what you like is yourself, so feel free to put your soul into what you make by doctoring the recipe to your tastes.


Chad is an organic gardener and raiser of chickens for eggs. He also enjoys such things as writing, baking calorie-laden yummies, building things that satisfy his creative aspirations, and learning as much as he can about the world around him before the end of life's road.

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