A jar of bourbon bbq sauce with a bottle of bourbon in the background.

Bourbon BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ¾ cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: North American


If you like whiskey, you’ll love this bourbon BBQ sauce. It’s perfectly sweet, a little smoky, and generously flavored with bourbon. Bonus that it takes only 25 minutes to make and is easily made refined sugar-free.



  • 1 ½ cups ketchup (see notes)
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or sub ⅓ cup brown sugar)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (vegan, if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder and onion powder



  1. Place all the ingredients into a small pot over medium-high heat. Stir well then bring the pot to a boil. Reduce the heat so that it bubbles gently and continue to cook (with the lid off) for 15 minutes, or until the sauce reduces to about 1 ¾ cups. 
  2. Store for up to 2 weeks in your fridge or up to 3 months in your freezer. 


We like to use a no sugar added ketchup in this recipe. Heinz makes a good option.