Bourbon Barbecue Sauce with Alibi Whiskey

Summer is almost here I can feel it!  My Grill Master and I are ready to grill to our hearts content!  If you are new to CafeTerraBlog, my hubby and I have four grills that we love making savory or sweet dishes with.  Here is our Pinterest board of some of our grilled treats. Now with any grilled savory treat, a good barbecue sauce is always required.  There may be sugar in this recipe, but I can assure you, this sauce is all savory love!  What makes this sauce ROCK is the bourbon included to enhance the flavor.  This Bourbon Barbecue Sauce uses our new favorite bourbon, Alibi Whiskey.

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce with Alibi Whiskey

Here at the cafe we are bourbon lovers.  So you can image our excitement when we received a fabulous gift at our doorstep from Alibi Whiskey.  The whiskey is 90 proof, smooth when it goes down, and will keep you warm on the inside.  Bourbon is fun to use in grilled dishes, sweet treats, and of course refreshing cocktails.

Alibi Whiskey

This recipe is easy to make, and will keep in your fridge for about 14 days.  Now since my day job is working as a food safety inspector, 14 days is the max you really should keep any prepared item.  BUT the everyday cook, you may notice your sauce could hold in the refrigerator for maybe a month.

This recipe is truly the very definition of easy, and can be altered for each dish you make.  The recipe below will provide more than enough sauce for your meal.  However, we did double the recipe so that we had some for our lunches during the week.

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce with Alibi Whiskey

Yields 6

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce with Alibi Whiskey

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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1 1/2 cups (24 oz can) tomato sauce
4 Tbsp salted butter
1/2 cup bourbon (Alibi Whiskey)
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp molasses
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp soy sauce
4 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp liquid smoke
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper


In large sauce pot, set to high, bring all ingredients to a boil, then set to medium-low and let sauce simmer for about 10 minutes. Let cool.


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  • Marnely Rguez-Murray
    I need this sauce in my life!!!
  • Thespicyrd
    Such a yummy sauce! And, how did I miss the part about you and your hubby having 4 grills??? Can't wait to make a batch of this! Happy Monday! xoxo
  • Kim Bee
    Okay, seriously woman, I'll be right over. This looks so amazing.
  • Angie
    This sounds and looks amazing, Terra!
  • Oooh droolworthy!!Love Barbecue sauce and with the whisky in there,I bet it tastes fantastic :) Can I come over ;)
  • Liz
    Oh, wow, this BBQ sauce sounds tremendous! I'd douse everything with it!!!
  • Hotly Spiced
    I'm glad to hear BBQ season has returned to your part of the world. I've recently been marinating some meat in whiskey so I know how delicious it is. This recipe looks fantastic xx
  • kitchenriffs
    We have yet to fire up the grill this year. We so need to! Great looking sauce -- I gotta make this! Thanks.
  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    Your sauce sounds terrific. We would be starting to grill until all the snow has melted at our summer cottage in Maine…I can't wait for the grilling season to begin.
  • It's going to be in the low 80's this weekend. The perfect weekend to pull out the grill and make this marinade! I love cooking with bourbon and marinating chicken, pork, beef - you name it - in this bourbon sauce sound like a great idea!! What a great sauce!!!
  • O that looks so good! We've not planned any grill things yet here. Temperatures are not warm enough and I am a warm kind of grill person. I have friends who grill in the winter but for me that's just not the same....:)
  • Maureen Shaw
    Thankfully we can bbq all year round here but we only have ONE grill. I must do something about that. :) You've definitely got an alibi for anything and it's made some wonderful bbq sauce.
  • I never have added bourbon nor Worcestershire sauce to my BBQ sauce. Something worth trying. The ribs are mouthwatering! Hugs
  • Tutti Dolci
    I am now officially craving BBQ, love the bourbon!
  • Jamie
    4 grills??? We have... 0. When we finally purchase a house with a yard we will definitely get one because we love recipes like this, love barebcue sauces and this one is fabulous and packed with incredible flavors! Those ribs look to die for. Ohhh this is one reason I love going home and visiting the States!
  • Susan Pridmore
    I'm always on the hunt for a good BBQ sauce! If you've got four grills going (I wish I lived next door) you've got to know your BBQ, so pinning this for sure to make. Love the idea of adding Alibi to it!!
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