Sweet Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Sweet Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Adrian Gomez/EyeEm/Getty Images
  • 19 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 9 mins
  • Yield: about 2 cups (32 servings)
Ratings (13)

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