Whiskey-Maple Barbecue Sauce


Whiskey-Maple Barbecue Sauce

Bourbon is hugely popular for all types of barbecue sauces, but this one takes it in a unique direction. With a mixture of maple and mango-pineapple there is a nice fruit base to the barbecue sauce with a slight kick in the pants from the bourbon. Great on barbecued chicken and ribs.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American BBQ
Servings: 2 Cups


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup mango-pineapple preserves
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons cider vinegar (to suit your tastes)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (use less if preferred)
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Simmer all ingredients over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 5-7 more minutes. Taste and add more cider vinegar if needed. Consistency should be good and thick.
  • Remove sauce from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes before using.
  • You can make sauce ahead of time and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week after preparation. I do recommend making it a day ahead, since it will give the sauce time to mellow out and balance. Reheat before using.