Bourbon Barbeque Sauce

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Bourbon Barbeque Sauce
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  • 1 cup red onion, ¼” dice
  • 1 Tbs canola oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup Jack Daniels
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs molasses
  • 2 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 2 Tbs light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire
  • 1 Tbs ancho chile powder
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

A caramely bourbon barbeque sauce recipe with a slight kick at the end. I like to use Jack Daniels even though its not a bourbon-the flavor it imparts to the sauce is second to none! You can use your favorite bourbon if you prefer. I have found that Makers Mark will produce excellent results also.



In a 4 quart saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oil. Once the oil comes up to temp, add the onions and a pinch or two of salt and sauté until soft and golden, about 5-7 minutes.

Add the Jack Daniels to the sautéed onions and cook until alcohol is reduced and the onions are almost dry; about 3-4 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients except for the salt and pepper and cook over low heat, covered, for 1 hour.

Taste sauce after 1 hour is up and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.