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Honey-Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

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Barbecue sauce just got a wakeup call... and it called for whiskey. Recipe yields 3 cups.
Course Homemade Ingredients & Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, barbecue sauce, grilling, sauce, whiskey
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 12 servings
Calories 129
Author Laurie McNamara


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


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile combine the homemade ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, brown sugar, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Stir well until all is combined.
  • Once the onions and garlic are softened, add the ketchup mixture. Stir and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Pour the barbecue sauce into a mesh strainer that is set inside a large bowl. Remove and discard the garlic and onion pieces.
  • Use right away in any recipe calling for barbecue sauce or cool and store in an airtight jar for up to two weeks.


Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 533mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg