Whisky Barbeque Sauce

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5 from 3 votes
If your go to meal at T.G.I.F.'s is the Jack Daniel sauce chicken, you have to try making this copycat Whisky Barbeque Sauce at home.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Whisky Barbeque Sauce

Whiskey Barbeque Sauce is a southern staple. If you’re go to meal at T.G.I.F.’s is the Jack Daniel sauce chicken, you have to try making this copycat Whisky Barbeque Sauce at home.

Whisky Barbeque Sauce

This Whiskey Barbeque Sauce is versatile and will taste so good on so many dishes If your family love BBQ sauce just as much as mine does, they will want to slather this on everything, it’s just that good. .

To learn more about the history of Whisky, visit the Scotch Whisky Experience.


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What We Love About This Whiskey Barbeque Sauce Recipe

  • 20 Minute Sauce: Make this dupe for BBQ Jack Daniels sauce in 20 minutes or less.
  • Family Friendly: Your family will want to slather this whisky barbeque on everything.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: If you have leftover BBQ sauce store in the fridge tp have on hand to add to sandwiches or as a dipping sauce.
A steak with the sauce on top.

Ingredient Notes for Jack Daniel bbq Sauce

  • Onion: For this recipe you will need about 1/4 cup of minced white onion, you ca also you yellow onion.
  • Garlic: You will 4-5 cloves of fresh garlic, you can also use garlic powder but the flavor won’t be as good as using fresh.
  • Whisky: You will need whisky, I used Jack Daniels but any brand will work just as well.
  • Ketchup: You will ketchup, you can use your favorite brand.
  • Brown Sugar: For this, it best to use brown sugar but if you only have white sugar you can use that along with some molasses.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: You will need apple cider vinegar.
  • Tomato Paste: You can use tomato paste in a can or in a tube.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: For this Jack Daniels bbq sauce recipe, you will need Worcestershire sauce.
  • Liquid Smoke: Any type of liquid smoke will work. You can also supplement the smokey taste by using smoked paprika if you do not have liquid smoke.
  • Hot Sauce: You can use any hot sauce of your choice or if you don’t want the added heat, just omit the hot sauce.

Equipment Needed for Whiskey bbq Sauce

How to Make Whiskey Barbeque Sauce

These are the basic steps for making Whiskey Barbeque Sauce. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: MAKE THE WHISKY BASE

In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the whiskey long with the minced onion and garlic. Let simmer for 7-10 minutes or until the onions are translucent.

STEP 2: ADD THE REST OF INGREDIENTS

Once onions are translucent, stir in the ketchup, vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, hot sauce, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes.

STEP 3: BLEND MIXTURE

To finish off this Jack Daniels bbq sauce, use an immersion blender or food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth. Serve immediately or let cool and store in the fridge.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this recipe ahead of time, follow the instructions as usual and transfer the whisky barbeque sauce to a glass jar or airtight container store in the fridge for to a week. This will cut down on prep time when you are ready to cook.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store this Jack Daniels BBQ sauce recipe in a glass jar or airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze this whisky barbeque sauce, store in a freezer safe airtight container for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE SUGAR FREE

To make this recipe without added sugar, swap the brown sugar for artificial sweetener.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE BOURBON IN PLACE OF WHISKY?

You can absolutely use bourbon whiskey in place of whiskey for very similar results.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This whisky barbeque sauce recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally.

CAN ADD WHISKY TO BARBECUE SAUCE?

Yes of course! I make this BBQ sauce with Jack Daniels but any whisky works.

A glass dish of sauce with a spoon.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Halved: If are looking to serve this recipe to 8 people or less, you can half this recipe just decreasing ingredients proportionally.
  • Blender: If you do not have a food processor or immersion blender, a normal blender will work just fine.
  • Chicken: Use this Whisky Barbeque sauce as a marinade or dipping sauce grilled chicken, chicken wings, or chicken fingers.

What to Serve with Jack Daniel BBQ Sauce

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Whisky Barbeque Sauce
5 from 3 votes

Whisky Barbeque Sauce

Yield: 16 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
If your go to meal at T.G.I.F.'s is the Jack Daniel sauce chicken, you have to try making this copycat Whisky Barbeque Sauce at home.
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup whisky
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Add minced onion, minced garlic and whisky to a large sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  • Simmer for 7-10 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
  • Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, salt, hot sauce and ground black pepper.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the mixture until smooth.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Halved: If are looking to serve this recipe to 8 people or less, you can half this recipe just decreasing ingredients proportionally.
  • Blender: If you do not have a food processor or immersion blender, a normal blender will work just fine.
  • Chicken: Use this Whisky Barbeque sauce as a marinade or dipping sauce grilled chicken, chicken wings, or chicken fingers.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Condiment, Sauces, Seasonings, Dressings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, bbq sauce, garlic, jack daniels, onion, sauce

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow is this good! We made a batch to serve with our pulled pork sandwiches, this weekend. We’re going to need to double it for the next get together! Thanks for the great recipe.

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