- 1 cup ketchup (240g)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (60ml)
- 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey (60ml)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (50g)
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
In a medium saucepan, combine the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, bourbon whiskey, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Add the smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper to the sauce. Stir well to combine.
Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken slightly.
Once the sauce has reached your desired consistency, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the sauce cool slightly.
If you prefer a smoother texture, you can use an immersion blender to blend the sauce until it’s smooth.
Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Add more cayenne pepper for extra heat or more brown sugar for sweetness.
Once the sauce is ready, transfer it to a clean glass jar or airtight container and let it cool completely before refrigerating.
Bourbon barbecue sauce is a versatile condiment that pairs well with various grilled or smoked meats such as ribs, chicken, pork chops, and brisket. It can also be used as a dipping sauce for fries or onion rings.
Bourbon barbecue sauce is a rich and flavorful tomato-based sauce with a perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and smoky flavors. The addition of bourbon whiskey adds a unique depth to the sauce, making it a delightful complement to a wide range of grilled and smoked dishes.
Facts about the sauce:
- The use of bourbon whiskey in barbecue sauce is a nod to the traditional Southern technique of using spirits in cooking to enhance flavor.
- Barbecue sauces can vary widely by region in the United States, with different styles and ingredients taking precedence in areas such as Kansas City, Texas, Carolina, and more.
- Molasses, a key ingredient in this sauce, adds a deep molasses flavor and a rich, dark color to the final product. It’s often used in barbecue sauce recipes to provide complexity.
- This sauce can be customized by adjusting the level of cayenne pepper to suit your heat preferences.