Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Is homemade BBQ sauce overrated? My answer to that is NO, not at all. I didn’t believe this until I made my own recently. I’ve tried heaps of other recipes before but none has compared to this Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce, perfect to be used on Kansas City/Midwest style ribs. I made this BBQ sauce to use on my Oven-Roasted Pork Spareribs. All the ingredients are probably already in your pantry, but make sure you use all the ingredients listed because each one is clutch to making this amazing sauce.

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

1/2 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup bourbon whiskey (I used Jim Bean, but I highly doubt quality of liquor matters)
16 oz. ketchup
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

In a non-stick sauce pan, combine the onion, garlic and whiskey over medium high heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the onion is soft. Add all the other ingredients. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. I highly recommend leaving the sauce sit in the fridge for a day or two for the flavors to blend together. Although the vinegar flavor is pretty strong right after this is done cooking, it mellows out as it sits.

Seriously, this BBQ sauce is, and I will be sure to make it time and time again in the future, probably making a much bigger batch than I did this one time. I seriously wanted to lick the pot to eat every last drop of this sauce…

Hello, I’m Shelly!

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  1. Derek wrote:

    this really is such delicious creation!

    Posted 2.2.12 Reply