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Bourbon Barbeque Sauce

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.

Difficulty: Intermediate Preparation Time: 15min

Yields: 4 Cups Total Time: 1hr 40min


  • 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


For the Sauce:

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.

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