Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Whiskey BBQ Sauce

13 reviews, 4.6 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

This goes beyond "Dressed Up Ketchup" to add tangy, spicy highlights to ribs or other BBQ's meats.


1 large onion; coarse chopped
8 cloves garlic; chopped fine
4 cups Ketchup
2/3 cup Cider vinegar
1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup brown sugar; packed
1 1/2 cups Molasses
1 teaspoon Pepper
1 tablespoon Salt
1/2 cup Tomato paste
4 teaspoons Liquid smoke
1 teaspoon pepper sauce; - Optional
1/2 cup Bourbon or whiskey; to taste

Original recipe makes 8



Combine onion, garlic and bourbon in a 3 quart saucepan. saut until onion and garlic are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered until reduced and thickened, about 15 to 25 minutes.

An additional splash of whiskey just prior to serving adds a pleasant odor when serving.

NOTE: While frequent sampling of the "to taste" ingredients can cause confusion and affect the outcome, the alcohol is cooked off during the saut step so it's not a factor in the final dish.


I leave the onion in good sized (3/8 inch) chunks to it stands out in the final sauce.

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I even halved the recipe and it made that much. It's so good though!


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Nice taste for the slow cooked ribs
Baseballtep 1y ago

Made this for a BBQ party and served it with Tri Tip and Chicken. It was awesome. It does make alot of sauce and so I gave it to guests to take home with them.
lisacrooke 2y ago

Very very tasty...first batch was way to sweet and I like a little more spice. So removing the molasses and adding a touch more Cheyenne made it something ill make regularly
MrBroc 3y ago

dease 3y ago

Absolutely delicious!! I slow cooked a 4.5lb pork shoulder in the crock pot with two chopped onions and a can a Sprite for about 10 hours and then used the onions in this recipe. It's simmering with pulled pork now!
ginahobbs 3y ago

Nicely done. I toned down the sugars and this rocks
Davekiwi 3y ago

Holy cow, this is AMAZING! I added some red pepper flakes to give it some heat... Between the sweet and spicy, it Kind of reminds me of "Sweet baby Rays".
Kimrobillard 4y ago

Great recipe.....I didn't add the onions or garlic, but did add onion and garlic powder, and it's currently slow cooking combined with shredded pork, I cook it with last night....GREAT TASTE!
Kriket666 4y ago

FANTASTIC!!!! Going to can this sauce and give it away as Christmas presents. Thats how good it is!!
HsL 4y ago

This recipe us amazing! I made it for a BBQ cookout with some friends and they couldn't stop talking about it. I left the onions in big chunks and just picked them out when the sauce was ready. Goes great with chicken
Kimrobillard 4y ago

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