Jim Beam Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Diana Rattray
Ratings (25)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 3 Cups (18 to 24 Servings)

Jim Beam Kentucky bourbon flavors this sauce and gives it some lively spirit. This barbecue sauce is spiked with a generous amount of Kentucky bourbon. Along with the ketchup and bourbon, soy sauce, vinegar, some dry mustard, and cayenne pepper give this sauce complex flavor. For a spicier sauce, add extra cayenne pepper or a bit of Sriracha or hot sauce. 

One thing you should be aware of: while cooking over a long period of time will reduce the alcohol content in the sauce, it won't completely eliminate it. Simmering the sauce for 20 minutes should reduce the alcohol by approximately 60%. If you are serving people who can't tolerate alcohol, consider this ​molasses barbecue sauce. For a less potent alcohol option, there's this tasty beer barbecue sauce.

This is an excellent sauce to use on brisket, baby back ribs, or a slow cooker pot roast, or brush the sauce on grilled burgers or chops.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 cup Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • Optional: dash liquid smoke

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in 2-quart saucepan.

  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.

  3. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered 20 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally.

  4. Makes about 3 cups.

Tips

  • For extra smoky flavor, add 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke to the sauce.
  • Reduce the sugar by about half for a less sweet sauce.