I made us this homemade honey whiskey barbecue sauce. Slather it on your next barbecued ribs or chicken, you’ll love it! So delicious!

Guess what I made?

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Yup… more barbecue sauce. Oh and ribs. Now the ribs could have used a little more char in my opinion but the sauce… oh that sauce… I could slather a shoe in it and be quite alright with it.

Remember when I made this homemade ketchup? Well I was thinking that I just had to put it to good use, ya know “twist my arm”. And I’m not talking about putting it on a hot dog or burger. Uh-huh-huh NO, I’m talking barbecue sauce.  Whiskey barbecue sauce. So while you could totally use reg-o ketchup… why would you? I mean if you’re going to make a kick-butt sauce why not go all the way? Making your own ketchup is sooooooooo easy and once you cross into the realm of making your own… you won’t go back. Evah.

To make this barbecue sauce start by halving an onion and slicing it into strips.

And simply drop those into a sauce pan.

Smash and peel four cloves of garlic.

And have them join the onions in the pot.

Add in the 3/4 cup of Honey Whiskey which you should be able to find at your local super market… but if you can’t, buy the whisky bourbon variety. It’s all good in the hood… bourbon whiskey can totally be substituted in this recipe.

Set the pot over medium-high…

And then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes or so.

Meanwhile add the two cups of homemade ketchup.

Next pour in the cider vinegar.

Then measure and add in the brown sugar.

Next pour in the Worcestershire sauce.

Then add a teaspoon (up to 1 tablespoon) of Frank’s Red Hot or any hot sauce you fancy.

Lastly add in a 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper.

Then stir it all up so everything is gelling.

Next, by now the whiskey should have reduce a smidgen and the onions and garlic are soft.

Then add in the ketchup/brown sugar mixture and give it a good stir.

Next, simmer the sauce for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Then pour the sauce through a strainer that has been set inside a large bowl.

Lastly, make sure you scrape the bottom of the strainer before you discard the onions and garlic.

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Boom. Sauce.

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Slather the Honey Whiskey Barbecue Sauce on your wings, ribs or really anything that calls for barbecue sauce. Amen.

Enjoy! And if you give this Honey Whiskey Barbecue Sauce recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Honey-Whiskey Barbecue Sauce
Yield: about 3 cups

Honey-Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue sauce just got a wakeup call... and it called for whiskey.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/2 a large sweet onion, sliced vertically into strips
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 3/4 cup honey whiskey or bourbon
  • 2 cups homemade ketchup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a sauce pan; add the slice onions, smashed garlic and the whiskey. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until the onions and garlic have softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile combine the homemade ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, brown sugar, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Stir well until all is combined.
  3. Once the onions and garlic are softened, add the ketchup mixture. Stir and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Pour the barbecue sauce into a mesh strainer that is set inside a large bowl. Remove and discard the garlic and onion pieces.
  5. Use right away in any recipe calling for barbecue sauce or cool and store in an airtight jar for up to two weeks.
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