Sweet Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
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  • Total: 19 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 9 mins
  • Yield: about 2 cups (32 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
38 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: about 2 cups (32 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 38
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 14mg 1%
*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 tomato-based sauce has a sweet yet tangy flavor from the bourbon. This is a great barbecue sauce for just about anything but is particularly good on beef, poultry, and pork.  I also recommend using this on pork ribs. 


  • 3/4 cup/180 mL ketchup
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon/30 mL cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL Dijon-style mustard
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add garlic and cook for 15-20 seconds until it becomes fragrant. Add ketchup and maple syrup, cider vinegar, and bourbon. Simmer over low heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring often. Add Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Simmer for 3-4 more minutes. Remove from heat and let the sauce cool for 5-10 minutes before using.

  2. If you are making this sauce a day ahead of time, follow above instructions, but allow the sauce to cool for 20-30 minutes. Place into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week after preparation.

  3. Use sauce as a baste while meat is on the grill or serve on the side once grilled meat is plated.  

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