Jim Beam Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Jim Beam Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

The Spruce / Mateja Kobescak

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 18 to 24 servings
Yield: 3 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
70 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18 to 24
Amount per serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 351mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 99mg 2%
*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.)

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 a ​molasses 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.


  • 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 cayenne pepper

  • Dash liquid smoke, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Jim Beam Bourbon Barbecue Sauce ingredients

    The Spruce / Mateja Kobescak

  2. Combine all ingredients in 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.

    Jim Beam Bourbon Barbecue Sauce ingredients in a saucepan

    The Spruce / Mateja Kobescak

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

    Jim Beam Bourbon Barbecue Sauce in a saucepan

    The Spruce / Mateja Kobescak


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

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