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Spoonful of honey bourbon bbq sauce to go on chicken wings.

Sweet Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce

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Dip into a boozy spoonful of Sweet Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce. This rich sauce is asking to coat your wings, glaze pork ribs, or be brushed onto grilled shrimp. Pair the meal with a glass of your favorite bourbon and sit back.

  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: About 2 cups 1x


  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worchestershire
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste


  1. Combine ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk to make sure the sugars dissolve and don’t settle on the bottom.
  2. Reduce to a low simmer for about 20-25 minutes until thickened. Continue to periodically whisk. The sauce should coat the back of a spoon and will continue to thicken as it cools.
  3. Store the sauce in an airtight jar once cooled. This sauce will stay fresh for about 7-10 days.


  • This BBQ sauce contains alcohol, so please be mindful of serving to those who cannot tolerate it.
  • Please read the notes in the article for advice on how to reduce the amount of trace alcohol in the sauce. You can simmer for longer periods of time to cook out more of the alcohol.
  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Sauces & Salsas
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: BBQ Sauce
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