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Jar of Jim Bean Kentucky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Smoky and Spicy
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Smoky Spicy Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

A spicy bourbon barbecue sauce that is finger licking good. It isn't for the faint of heart, there is a kick from the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. It can be made milder.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American-Southern
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Marisa Franca @ All Our Way


  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • ¾ cup bourbon
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the chipotle peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to your taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or to your taste
  • ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes or to your taste


  • Combine onion, garlic, and bourbon in a deep saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Be careful the bourbon does not ignite!
  • Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes. If you want a smooth sauce, strain through a fine mesh strainer or use an immersion blender.
  • It will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks.


  • If you want to make the sauce milder -- eliminate the red pepper flakes and add just ½ teaspoon adobo sauce.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 883mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg