This Whiskey Barbecue (BBQ) Sauce is hands-down, the best sauce around! It comes together in less than 15 minutes with easy ingredients that pack a punch in flavor!
If you love BBQ sauce as much as we do, I’m certain that this Whiskey Barbecue (BBQ) Sauce will be a new favorite in your household. You might love it SO much that you’ll want to dump, smother, or slather it on everything you can possibly get your hands on..
Or, if you are my kids, you’ll straight up eat the BBQ sauce from the jar with a spoon.
Dump it on your eggs (yep, I’m serious – eggs!) 😱
Pour it over your baked potatoes… 😲
Or … (don’t laugh here…), use it as a “dip” for your tacos. 😋😜
Kids will literally do anything when they love something that much – and this BBQ sauce has been voted the “best BBQ sauce in the history of ALL BBQ sauces” (words from my 9 year old!)
On a serious note, I had a bottle of whiskey leftover from making some really tasty jam – and what better way to use it up than to make a delicious variation of the everyday norm we known as plain barbeque sauce.
More Barbecue Sauce Recipes you might like
- Homemade Candied Jalapeño BBQ Sauce
- Peach BBQ Sauce Recipe
- Prickly Pear BBQ Sauce
- Spicy Korean BBQ Sauce
- Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe
(Whew – that’s a lot of variations on traditional sauce!)
Whiskey Barbecue (BBQ) Sauce
This BBQ sauce is an ultimate favorite – not only does it come together in less than 15 minutes, it’s great smothered or slathered on everything you can imagine. Start with pulled pork, or hamburgers, chicken – baked or fried, or simply as a condiment for your favorite meat right off the smoker.
This sauce comes together in less than 15 minutes with the following ingredients:
- brown sugar
- Whiskey – Jack Daniel’s is what I used, but you can use any variety, low cost works just as well
- hot sauce – definitely optional but adds extra kick
- liquid smoke
- tomato paste
- Worcestershire sauce
- apple cider vinegar
- white or brown onion
- garlic cloves
- basic salt and pepper, as needed
Materials required for making this sauce
Whip this sauce together quickly by having the ingredients, above, on hand – and the following tools:
- immersion blender or regular blender
- medium pot or skillet
- your favorite storage jars – feel free to use pint canning jars, or half pint if giving as gifts
Step by Step Instructions to Make and Store
Start by making the base of the Whiskey BBQ Sauce – this is where the sliced onions, and minced garlic sauce in the whiskey for 5-7 minutes or until the onions are clear. It’s best to do this on low to medium heat – keep an eye on the stovetop as it cooks.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. The hot sauce is definitely optional and can be modified for a spicier sauce. Once the sauce is well combined, use the blender to puree the mixture until the sauce is smooth. Once blended, store in jars and refrigerate.
I love using half pint canning jars, but feel free to use what works for you. The sauce, when properly stored, should last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
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Whiskey Barbecue Sauce
- Immersion Blender or Regular Blender
- Medium Saucepan or Skillet
- Pint Jars for Storage
- 3/4 C Whiskey
- 1/2 onion sliced thin
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 2 C ketchup
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1/3 C apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- Add Whiskey, sliced onion and minced garlic to medium skillet or saucepan. Sauce the onions and garlic in the whiskey until the onions are transluscent, 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in the remainder of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat and simmer for just under 10 minutes.
- Pour mixture into blender and top with lid to blend until smooth. Or, use immersion blender to blend until the sauce is a smooth consistency.
- Pour into storage containers and top tightly with lid. Refrigerate until serving. When properly refrigerated, the sauce will last for up to 2 weeks.