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smoky bourbon bbq sauce
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Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce

You’ll never buy premade BBQ sauce again. This smoky bourbon BBQ sauce is irresistibly spicy, tangy and sweet. It’s the perfect accompaniment to pulled pork, pork ribs and chicken wings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sauce
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Laura Lynch


  • 1/4 onion cut into wedges
  • 1 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whisky
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke flavouring
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt


  • Add the onion, garlic and bourbon to a small saucepan. Simmer on low for 10 minutes until the bourbon reduces by half.
  • Add all additional ingredients and stir well.
  • Bring to the boil, then reduce to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool.
  • Strain the sauce into a bowl.
  • Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Serves 8.


Serving: 8Servings | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg