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Whiskey BBQ Sauce From Scratch

Smokey, hot, tangy ,and subtly hot BBQ Sauce from scratch!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Tracy


  • 3/4 cup whiskey
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion, garlic, and whiskey. Simmer together for 10 minutes until the onion is translucent. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, brown sugar, tomato paste, liquid smoke, and hot sauce.
  • Bring everything to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Run sauce through a strainer if you want to remove the onion and garlic for a smoother sauce, otherwise, transfer to jars and let cool. Refrigerate for at least overnight to allow flavors to develop.
  • Enjoy!