Four Roses Bourbon BBQ Sauce


Four Roses Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Four Roses Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh
This recipe is for one of the best bourbon BBQ sauces you’ll ever make. Sweet with a bit of bourbon bite, this sauce is perfect for slathering onto barbecued chicken and pork ribs.
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Cook Time 30 mins
Course Sauces
Cuisine American, American BBQ
Servings 2.5 Cups
Calories 497 kcal


  • 1 cup tomato sauce 8 ounces
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup bourbon Four Roses Bourbon
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted preferred
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika not smoked
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder mild
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add chopped onion, and cook over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Once the onions become translucent, add the minced garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, EXCEPT the butter, to the saucepan. Turn up the heat, and bring sauce to a high simmer for 15-20 seconds. Stir often and watch for burning. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and let the sauce simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  • Transfer sauce ingredients to a blender and puree mixture. Return to the pot, and let the sauce simmer uncovered over low heat for 10-15 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the sauce has reduced and thickened, remove the pan from heat, stir in butter, cover, and keep warm.
  • To use: brush sauce on in layers during the last 30 minutes of cooking time. Strive for three applications. Ideally, you want this sauce to caramelize on the meat--ever so slightly.
  • You can make this sauce ahead of time then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Rewarm before applying to grilled and barbecued foods. This sauce is also great served on the side.


Calories: 497kcalCarbohydrates: 87gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1082mgPotassium: 595mgFiber: 2gSugar: 82gVitamin A: 597IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 2mg
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