Sweet Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Sweet Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Adrian Gomez/EyeEm/Getty Images
    19 mins
Ratings (5)

This tomato-based sauce has a sweet yet tangy flavor from the bourbon. This is a great barbecue sauce for just about anything but is particularly good on beef, poultry, and pork.  I also recommend using this on pork ribs. 

What You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup/180 mL ketchup
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon/30 mL cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL Dijon-style mustard
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL black pepper

How to Make It

1. Heat oil in a saucepan.  Add garlic and cook for 15-20 seconds until it becomes fragrant.  Add ketchup and maple syrup, cider vinegar, and bourbon.  Simmer over low heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring often.  Add Dijon mustard, salt and black pepper.  Simmer for 3-4 more minutes.  Remove from heat and let sauce cool for 5-10 minutes before using.

2.  If you are making sauce a day ahead of time, follow above instructions, but let sauce cool for 20-30 minutes.

 Place into an air tight container and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week after preparation.

3. Use sauce as a baste while meat is on the grill or serve on the side once grilled meat is plated.