I created this wonderful Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce three years ago!  After all this time I’ve only made two tweaks.  You know that’s not me.  I tweak everything!  This BBQ sauce is so good just as it is, no tweaking required in my kitchen!  It’s still our favorite, and no more single batches.  I have to make a triple batch because we go through it so quickly.

 I think Bob and I are both addicted to this Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce.  I created this second version, and it’s just a little spicier.  It was so outrageous on our grilled chicken!  It’s also delicious on pork.  Baby back ribs?  Amazing.  We tried it on boneless ribs too.  Chicken wings?  Oh yes!  Beef or shrimp?  I can picture cold boiled shrimp and instead of traditional cocktail sauce, serving my Bourbon Chipotle BBQ sauce instead.  Pulled meat sandwiches?  Why not? 

     This recipe is not so much tomato flavor.  I wanted other flavors instead.  The highlights are sweet and definitely spicy!  The spicy is adjustable, so don’t be afraid to give this a try.   Feel free to marinate your meat prior to cooking for additional tenderization and flavor.

     You will simmer the sauce long enough to burn off the alcohol and will be left with an honest to goodness zesty, full-bodied bbq sauce that is perfect on nearly anything.

     Don’t forget to serve some at the table for dipping sauce.

Yield:  Approximately 2 cups.  Keeps well in the refrigerator, so feel free to make a double or triple batch.


1 cup ketchup

1 TBSP tomato paste

1/3 cup fine Kentucky bourbon

4 TBSP brown sugar

1/3 cup molasses

3 TBSP apple cider vinegar

2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

1 TBSP low sodium soy sauce

1 TBSP Dijon mustard

1 ½  tsp minced onion flakes or onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp Chipotle chili pepper

½ tsp pepper

Dash salt


     In 1 ½ qt saucepan, whisk all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes or until it becomes a rich color and thickens up to your liking. 

NOTE:  ½ tsp Chipotle chili powder will make a hot sauce.  If you want medium, cut Chipotle down to ¼ tsp.  If you like really hot, go for ¾ tsp.  Atomic?  Add 1 full tsp.



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