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bourbon barbeque sauce

Easy Bourbon BBQ Sauce

This silky rich Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce is the perfect complement for any barbequed or smoked meat! Try it with pulled pork to make delicious sandwiches or serve alongside grilled (or smoked) baby back ribs.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 40 mins
Servings 7 cups


  • 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 4 Tbsp. Kentucky bourbon or Tennessee whiskey
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. onion powder plus 2 tsps.
  • 4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. hot sauce plus 2 tsps.
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid smoke


  • In a medium sauce pan, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and bring to a slow boil over medium-low heat.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat and allow to simmer 40 minutes until the sauce reduces to a glaze consistency.
  • If desired, add additional molasses, red wine vinegar or hot sauce to taste.
  • Allow sauce to cool and then store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Keeps for several months.