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  • David Skarin

Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce

This Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce is sweet and sticky and is perfect on ribs, chicken, and so much more. It’s a delicious and wonderful way to finish up any of your BBQ. This sauce is sweeter than a traditional barbecue sauce and is a perfect finishing sauce as well as a great dipping sauce.

This is a great barbecue sauce to pair with smoked meats or drizzle some over a burger to take it to the next level. Be sure to check out our Maple Bourbon Smoked Ribs using this sauce.


Fast Facts

Category: Sauces

Grill: Stovetop

Heat Source: Gas

Prep Time: 3-5 Minutes

Estimated Cook Time: 20-25 Minutes

Actual Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Total Time: 30 Minutes


Ingredient List

  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with mother

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup

  • 3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • Optional: cayenne pepper to taste (suggest ¼ - ½ teaspoon as this gives a subtle heat)

  • 4 tablespoons bourbon

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Step 1: Add all ingredients to sauce pot except the bourbon to a saucepot, heat to medium, stirring regularly, and bring to a boil.

Step 2: Reduce heat to a simmer, stirring regularly until thickened and reduced to desired consistency. This should take about 20-30 minutes.

Step 3: Add the bourbon and continue cooking another 5-7 minutes.

Step 4: Remove the sauce from heat and allow to cool.

Step 3: Store in an airtight container and it should last 2-3 weeks.


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