Friday, April 22, 2011

Bourbon Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Lawsy Mercy!  This is good!  I'm not keen on barbecue sauce or barbecue flavor as a rule, but this will have you'll be wanting to eat this sauce out of a jar with a spoon.  Ole Sweetie-Pi really liked this, and his sister Susan has asked me for the recipe.  Now that's an endorsement!

The original recipe was found on  This is my personal adaptation. 

Bourbon Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

1/2 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 sweet red pepper, minced
3/4 cup bourbon whiskey (I used 1/2 cup whiskey, 1/4 cup cognac as I didn't have the full amount of whiskey)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 to 1/4 cup molasses
1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

Put all the ingredients together in a slow cooker.  Cook on low heat for about 4 hours. Taste for seasoning part way through.   Strain if you prefer a smoother sauce (I didn't).  The sauce is good the first day, better if used the second. 

For our tastes I reduced the vinegar and liquid smoke flavoring in the original recipe, and added the molasses and sweet red pepper.

I used this sauce to make pulled pork, but Susan says she uses the jar I gave her for grilled steaks, and she loves it!


  1. That does look like it's begging for some pulled pork or shredded chicken and some nice toasty buns - yumm! :)

  2. Definitely sounds better than store bought. I will make this next time I do pulled pork. I am on a mission to reduce the number of storebought sauces we buy for a recipe because then they end up sitting in the cupboard for months (read years) on end. Plus if I make it myself I know what's in it.

  3. I will send this recipe to Dan. It sounds really good. ;o)

  4. i'm crazy about homemade bbq sauce, this looks SOOO good, thanks for the recipe!

  5. Grill season is here and this is a timely and perfect recipe for it!

  6. I've always gravitated toward Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, but something tells me that I'd never buy store-bought again if I tried this! Sounds out of this world!

  7. I love a good homemade BBQ sause. Always so much better and this sounds especially good!

  8. Fire up the bbq!!! This sauce looks amazing.


  9. I'm trying this for sure on chiken on the sounds amazing!!


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