This thick and tangy Peach Bourbon Barbecue Sauce gets it's sweetness from ripe peaches and it's tang from bourbon to create an amazing absolutely sauce! © COOKING WITH CURLS
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Peach Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

This thick and tangy Peach Bourbon Barbecue Sauce gets it's sweetness from ripe peaches, it's tang from bourbon, and a bit of heat from chili powder to create an amazing absolutely sauce!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grill, barbecue, bourbon, peaches
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion (minced)
  • 1 large clove garlic (pressed or finely minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder (or regular chili powder)
  • 1/2 cup bourbon (I used Four Roses)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups ripe peaches (chopped)


  • Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and golden brown.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute. Stir in the chili powder and cook for an additional minute or two.
  • Remove from heat and add the bourbon. (Do not stand directly above the pan or breathe in while adding the bourbon!!)
  • Stir in the ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Return to heat and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour in the peaches and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to LOW and simmer for 20 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender to break up the peaches and onions.
  • Allow sauce to cool before pouring into a glass jar or storage container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, assuming it lasts that long!


  • For a spicier sauce, add additional chili powder.
  • I use natural ketchup that does not contain high-fructose corn syrup.
  • For a perfectly smooth sauce, carefully pour into a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Check the sauce for sweetness and spiciness before you blend. Not all peaches are sweet, and everyone has a different spice tolerance.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 161mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.5mg