Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

by Olivia
Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Hey y’all! If you’re a fan of rich, smoky, and slightly sweet BBQ sauces with a kick, then this Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce is about to become your new favorite. Crafted with love, this sauce is the perfect companion for your grilled meats, burgers, or even as a dip. Let’s dive into this deliciously bold recipe that’ll elevate your BBQ game to new heights.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Smoky Flavor: The liquid smoke and bourbon whiskey bring a deep, rich flavor that’s hard to resist.
  • Versatile: Use it as a marinade, a dip, or a topping. It pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes.
  • Easy to Make: With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, you’ll have this sauce ready in no time.
  • Customizable: You can adjust the heat and sweetness to your liking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 – 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup bourbon whiskey
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

How to Make This Recipe:

  1. Sauté the Aromatics: Bring the onion, garlic, and whiskey to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. This step will mellow the onion and garlic and cook off some of the alcohol from the whiskey.
  2. Combine Ingredients: Add the ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, salt, black pepper, and hot pepper sauce to the saucepan.
  3. Simmer the Sauce: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally until the sauce thickens and the flavors meld together.
  4. Cool and Store: Allow the sauce to cool before transferring it to a jar. Store it in the refrigerator and use it within 10-14 days.
Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

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Variations:

  • Sweet and Spicy: Add more hot pepper sauce for an extra kick or a tablespoon of honey for added sweetness.
  • Smokier: Increase the amount of liquid smoke flavoring for a more intense smoky taste.
  • Fruit-Infused: Add a small amount of crushed pineapple or peach preserves for a fruity twist.

Equipment:

  • Medium saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Jar for storage

Storage:

Store your Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh and delicious for up to 10-14 days.

What to Serve with This Recipe:

This BBQ sauce is incredibly versatile. Use it with grilled chicken, ribs, burgers, or even as a dip for fries and onion rings. It’s also fantastic on pulled pork sandwiches!

Tips:

  • Simmer Slowly: Let the sauce simmer slowly to develop the best flavor.
  • Adjust to Taste: Feel free to tweak the sweetness or heat levels to suit your preference.
  • Blend for Smoothness: If you prefer a smoother sauce, blend it with an immersion blender after cooking.

FAQ:

Can I make this sauce alcohol-free?

Absolutely! You can replace the bourbon with apple juice for a non-alcoholic version.

How long does this BBQ sauce last?

When stored properly in the refrigerator, it will last for up to 10-14 days.

Can I freeze this sauce?

Yes, you can freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This BBQ sauce is incredibly versatile. Use it with grilled chicken, ribs, burgers, or even as a dip for fries and onion rings. It’s also fantastic on pulled pork sandwiches!

Ingredients

  • - 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • - 4 - 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • - ¾ cup bourbon whiskey
  • - 2 cups ketchup
  • - ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • - ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • - ¼ cup tomato paste
  • - ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • - 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
  • - 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • - ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • - ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

Instructions

1. Bring the onion, garlic, and whiskey to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
2. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, salt, black pepper, and hot pepper sauce to the saucepan.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Allow the sauce to cool before transferring it to a jar. Store it in the refrigerator and use within 10-14 days.

Notes

Approximate Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 45 per tablespoon
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 9g
  • Protein: 0g

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