I would be lying if I claimed to spend a lot of time making barbecue sauces. The truth is, I usually just buy bottled sauces at the store when I am making barbecue. Sometimes I get crazy and mix sauces, add stuff to them, etc. It may not sit well with some barbecue purists, but I happen to think there are many good sauces to be bought off of the shelves, so I spend more time working on rubs and protein (I don’t feel the same for store-bought rubs, but that is another story). I do like to make my own sauce from time to time just to play around with some different flavors. In this case, I had an amazing bottle of Four Roses single barrel bourbon and wanted to make a BBQ sauce to go along with our chicken that night for dinner. This sauce is a pretty standard barbecue sauce that you can use as a good starting point to try your own variations. I typically start adding stuff from the cupboard to taste, but I actually wrote things down this time before I started sipping on the rest of the Four Roses bourbon.
Four Roses Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup yellow onion minced
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar packed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup Kentucky bourbon like Four Roses
- Heat a pan over medium heat and add the butter.
- Once the butter melts, add the onion and sauté until clear, about 5 minutes or so.
- Turn the heat to low and add all of the remaining ingredients, except for the bourbon.
- Stir continuously until the sauce is well combine and comes to a low simmer (about 5 minutes).
- Add the bourbon and allow to simmer for 10 more minutes, stirring continuously so the bottom doesn't burn.
- Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool.
- (Optional) blend the sauce in a blender until smooth if you don't like your sauce chunky (the onions).
- Add to your favorite chicken or pork for about the last 10 minutes of cooking time to allow the sauce to form a glaze.
- Enjoy with the rest of the bourbon!