Bourbon Glaze

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4.81 from 46 votes
This Bourbon Glaze recipe is sweet, peppery and packed with flavor. If you are looking for something to make your tastebuds sing, look no further because this sauce will make everything better.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Bourbon Glaze in a mason jar with a spoon.

This Bourbon Glaze recipe is sweet, peppery and packed with flavor. If you are looking for something that tastes like that perfect combination of butter and molasses that make your tastebuds sing, look no further because this bourbon sauce will make everything taste better. This glaze can be used over cakes, with pork chops, ham, shrimp, or even your favorite veggies.

Bourbon Glaze in a mason jar with a spoon.

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What We Love About This Recipe for Bourbon Glaze

Bourbon is the true American alcohol. Furthermore, it actual is named after Bourbon County, Kentucky. More fun facts here.

  • .Adaptable: You will love this on so many different proteins.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Stores Great: Once you have it made, it stores great. Therefore, you can pull it out and use it whenever you need some zing in your meal.
A spoonful of the glaze.

Ingredient Notes

  • Pineapple Juice: Fresh or store bought either work great.
  • Teriyaki Sauce: Any brand, even use a low sodium brand if you like.
  • Soy Sauce: Again, this gives such a kick of flavor, but can go low sodium if you prefer.
  • Dark Brown Sugar: Dark brown is best, it gives a deeper sweet brown sugar molasses flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh is best but you can use lemon juice concentrate if you wish.
  • Bourbon: Try a brand that you enjoy drinking for best results.
  • Crushed Pineapple: Canned is fine for this recipe.
  • Cayenne Pepper: A little heat to counter the sweet, red pepper flake works well too.
  • Roasted Garlic: The roasted makes a real difference here, it is a depth of flavor to the dish.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Bourbon Sauce

These are the basic steps for making spicy bourbon glaze. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

STEP 1: COMBINE

First, combine water, pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium high heat.Second, stir occasionally until mixture boils, then reduce heat to simmer.

STEP 2: ADD

Then add remaining ingredients to pan and stir.

STEP 3: SIMMER

Finally, let simmer for 35-45 minutes or until sauce consistency has reduced by half and is thick and syrupy.

Prep and Storage for Bourbon Sauce

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Of course, this is one of those great recipes that you can make when you have time and then store in an airtight container until you are ready to use. It makes a nice quantity so you can use some and save some.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

The bourbon sauce recipe can be stored in your fridge for up to three months in an airtight container or jar.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS BOURBON GLAZE RECIPE

Indeed you can freeze this sauce for up to six months in the freezer.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Thaw in the fridge and then warm in the microwave or stovetop.

Frequently Asked Questions about Bourbon Glaze

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Keto, gluten free and low sodium versions of all the sauces can be used for the perfect glaze.

WHAT TYPE OF BOURBON SHOULD I USE?

No need to go top shelf here. You will get all the flavor you need from a general use bourbon such as Jim Bean.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, adjust as you need, however it does last so go ahead and make more and have it on hand.

USES FOR THIS GLAZE?

Now that you made it, what can you use it for?
This sauce elevates so much, such as, the flavors of chicken, chicken wings, steak, pork chops, fish or shrimp.  

DOES THE BOURBON SAUCE CONTAIN ALCOHOL?

The alcohol burns off and evaporates during the cooking process. There may be trace elements left depending how long you cook it for but for all intent and purposes it is gone.

Bourbon Glaze in a close up.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Worcestershire Sauce: For a great barbeque sauce add a little apple cider vinegar and worcestershire sauce.
  • Try Whiskey: This is a great recipe to make with Whiskey too.
  • Honey: Feel free to add a little honey or maple to the mix.
  • Bacon: I loved to add a little crumbled up bacon to top off any dish I make with this sauce, they go together like peas and carrots
  • Dietary consideration tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section

What to Serve with Bourbon Glaze

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Bourbon Glaze in a mason jar with a spoon.
4.81 from 46 votes

Bourbon Glaze

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
This Bourbon Glaze recipe is sweet, peppery and packed with flavor. If you are looking for something to make your tastebuds sing, look no further because this sauce will make everything better.
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/3 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons minced white onions
  • 1 teaspoon Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon crushed pineapple
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons roasted garlic

Instructions

  • Combine water, pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Stir occasionally until mixture boils, then reduce heat to simmer.
  • Add remaining ingredients to pan and stir.
  • Let simmer for 35-45 minutes or until sauce has reduced by half and is thick and syrupy.

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Expert Tips

  • Make Lots: This is a great recipe to make and present as a hostess gift.
  • Try Whiskey: This is a great recipe to make with Whiskey too.
  • Honey: Feel free to add a little honey or maple to the mix.
  • Bacon: I loved to add a little crumbled up bacon to top off any dish I make with this sauce, they go together like peas and carrots.

    Estimated Nutritional Information

    Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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    Course: Sauces, Seasonings, Dressings
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: glaze

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    22 thoughts on “Bourbon Glaze”

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you so much for sharing this amazing and super easy to make bourbon glaze recipe! It tasted really good, fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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    2. 5 stars
      I gave 5 stars because I haven’t made or tried this yet, how close is this recipe to Cheddar’s bourbon sauce? I tried it for the first time with my steak about a week ago and fell instantly in love. Must have so I can start doing it at home for my streaks, thanks

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    3. Would this glaze work on Salmon? Cheddars has a bourbon glazed salmon that I order every time I go there for dinner. Your recipe sounds similar to what I think it may have in the ingredients , less the pineapple ! Thanks for the recipe!

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