Homemade barbecue sauce is almost ridiculously easy to make and I can promise you that it tastes better than anything you can buy at the store. This is a spicy, rich, slightly smoky barbecue sauce that is perfect with beef, chicken, or pork.
A few weeks ago, my husband requested a bourbon barbecue sauce. We were making ribs and he wanted to dip them in a spicy sauce. I didn’t get a single picture of the sauce at the time, because we ate almost all of it. I made this sauce again a couple weeks later for pulled pork and again, it disappeared before I managed to snap a photo.
This time I planned ahead and made the sauce early in the day, so that I could get a picture. I chopped up some roast chicken and tossed it generously with the barbecue sauce. We made it into sandwiches this time, but we’ve also stuffed saucy barbecue chicken into potatoes.
If you don’t happen to be a fan of bourbon, here are a few more great barbecue sauces:
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup bourbon
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 2 - 4 tablespoons Sriracha sauce or the hot sauce of your choice
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Stir together all the ingredients in a heavy large saucepan or medium heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly. Let cool and then transfer to a large glass jar or airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!
Start with a 1/4 cup of bourbon and 2 tablespoons of hot sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer and taste it. Add a splash more bourbon or a bit more hot sauce to adjust the flavors as you like. My family liked it with a full 1/4 cup of Sriracha and a 1/4 cup of bourbon. (Although, my husband liked it best with a bit more bourbon the second time we made this.)