Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

You already know how much I love barbecue…..anything, but this Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce takes barbecue ribs to a whole new level!  It’s sweet, and tangy with an occasional kick that kind of sneaks up on you.  I was careful to not let the bourbon overpower the sauce.  It is there, but not in your face like the (Jack Daniels) Whiskey Glaze that I made last year.

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The whiskey glaze was more intense, and the whiskey was definitely the star!!  I wanted this sauce to rival any sauce that you could find on a grocery store shelf, and I think that I accomplished that.

I made barbecue ribs for Easter, and realized that I forgot to  make the sauce…..until the ribs were done cooking! 😉  So I quickly poured all of the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan…..

Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce pan

and brought it to a boil.  Then reduced the heat and simmered for 30 minutes until it was thick and reduced by about half.  Voila, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce to the rescue…..

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I had already written down the ingredients that I wanted to use, I just forgot to actually create the sauce.   Too many ideas going through my head at the same time!!

As you can see, we do not do ham for Easter.  In fact, we never have.  I do not like ham because it is too salty, but I do love my ribs…..and un-cured bacon… I am not anti-pig…..just anti-salt! 😉  Just take a look at these beautiful Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Ribs…..

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You may have missed out on having these yummy ribs for Easter, but you can still make them for Memorial Day, or Father’s Day, or Fourth of July or any other day in between.  I won’t judge. 😉

I think there might be a barbecue bacon cheeseburger in my future with the left over sauce.

Tha – tha- tha- that’s all folks!  Enjoy!!

Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Serves 16oz
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Meal type Condiment
You don't know it yet, but you need this Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce slathered all over your ribs, or chicken. Sweet with a kick, this one is sure to please.


  • 1 1/2 Cups organic brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-natural ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup high quality bourbon (I used Knob Creek - 100 proof)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder


Pour all ingredients into a medium sized sauce pan, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, until thick and reduced by about half.
Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!

Here are some additional barbecue recipes that you might like:

Guinness Barbecue Ribs

Guinness Barbecue Ribs

BBQ Cheeseburger Pizza

BBQ Cheeseburger Pizza

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Guinness Burgers



    • says

      I am so glad that I can make Mr. Glitterpants happy with my recipes Cindy! I am behind as well, it just never ends does it? Have a fabulous, and hopefully less busy week. 🙂

    • says

      I do not like whiskey either Carrie, but it is not overpowering in this sauce. I think the Knob Creek is milder than the Jack Daniel’s as well, so that helped!! Thanks again for all of the awesome challenges, I will miss them. 🙂

    • says

      Thank you so much Jill. 🙂 Did you link your pork recipes up at our Best of the Weekend party? I am dying to check out the Mint Julep Pasta Salad I see in the commentluv!! That sounds like my kind of pasta salad.

  1. says

    Lisa, I made this tonight to go with some sliced pork roast sandwiches. It was delicious! I cut the sugar to 1 cup and thought I could go to 3/4 cup, but my son thought it was perfect. Thank you for sharing!
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