Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce

Homemade barecue sauce in jar
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  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 3 1/2 to 4 Cups (20 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
122 Calories
1g Fat
25g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 1/2 to 4 Cups (20 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 122
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 433mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 4g
Calcium 54mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This spirited barbecue sauce is spiked with Jack Daniel's whiskey. Molasses and brown sugar sweeten the sauce, and ketchup and vinegar give it flavor along with the smoke flavoring and Worcestershire sauce.

Slather this flavorful sauce over ribs or serve it with pulled pork. It makes a tasty condiment for burgers or chicken barbecue.


  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey (or to taste)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine the chopped onion, garlic and Jack Daniels in a three-quart saucepan. Simmer until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, salt, tomato paste, smoke flavoring, and Tabasco sauce; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until reduced and thickened. This will take about 15 to 25 minutes, and a spatter screen is recommended.

  3. Add more Jack Daniels whiskey if a stronger flavor is desired.

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