This sweet onion whiskey BBQ sauce is fantastic on ribs, burgers, and sandwiches. It’s easy to make with caramelized onions and your favorite whiskey. Whiskey adds a nice flavor touch and balances well with sweet and spicy BBQ sauce.
WHISKEY BBQ SAUCE
This BBQ sauce is great for anyone who is a whiskey fan. Or, if you just like to try difference types of BBQ sauce, definitely put it on the list.
My husband loves bourbon, so I thought it would be a nice touch to make a sauce with it and slather it over some smoked ribs or pulled pork. Although we prefer our ribs simple, coated with dry rub only, it’s a nice change of pace to add some sauce. If you enjoy your ribs with BBQ sauce on top, this sauce is a great compliment to pork.
I highly recommend using your favorite whiskey to make this recipe. There is almost a cup of whiskey in it, so you will want it to taste the best. Whether you prefer bourbon, rye whiskey, Irish whiskey, or any other, cook with what you love.
HOW TO MAKE IT
Onions – slice a large sweet onion thinly and cook it over medium-low heat with a little oil, salt, and sugar. It will take about 15 minutes to cook slowly but you want it to caramelize so the sauce has that extra flavor.
Add whiskey – raise the heat to medium and pour in whiskey. Simmer it for 2-3 minutes and then add remaining ingredients.
Cook – lower the heat back to medium-low and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring often.
Blend – take the pot off heat to blend the sauce. You can use either an immersion blender or transfer the mixture into a standing blender or food processor.
Make sure to cool the sauce down before storing!
Store the sauce in the refrigerator, in a glass jar or another food storage container with an air-tight lid. Stored properly, it should last for 7-10 days.
Can I freeze homemade BBQ sauce?
Yes, you can freeze this sauce. This is actually a pretty big batch of sauce so unless you’re planning on a large party, you can freeze part of it. Just note that the quality won’t be as good once thawed. I would recommend using thawed sauce mixed in cooked dishes like pulled meats, rather than as a dip or coating on wings and ribs.
To freeze it, transfer cooled sauce into a freezer zip-lock bag and get as much air out as you can. Close it tight, label and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen sauce overnight in the refrigerator.
BEST WAYS TO USE IT
We already talked about ribs, but..ribs! It’s great with pork so mix it into your smoked pulled pork.
Brush it onto grilled chicken or toss chicken wings with some sauce. Both grilled chicken wings and smoked chicken wings will be good.
Even when you’re making slow cooked chicken to shred, mix it in with some BBQ sauce for tacos and sandwiches.
Of course, you can always pour some sauce over the burgers and other sandwiches. If you haven’t tried hot dogs with BBQ sauce yet, you’re missing out!
SOME MORE SAUCES TO TRY
My husband and I love BBQ sauces so I make quite a few of them. One of our favorite ones is still the White BBQ Sauce, which we slather on all kinds of chicken.
And of course, you can’t go wrong with the classics like the all purpose BBQ Sauce or Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce.
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Whiskey BBQ Sauce
- 1 large sweet onion
- 1-2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 tsp white granulated sugar
- 3/4 cups whiskey
- 4 garlic cloves crushed and minced
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 16 oz tomato sauce
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- Slice a large sweet onion thinly.
- Preheat a medium sauce pot over medium-low heat with a little oil. Add onions, salt, and sugar. Mix and cook for about 15 minutes, until onions caramelize and brown.
- Raise the heat to medium and pour in whiskey. Simmer it for 2-3 minutes and then add remaining ingredients.
- Lower the heat back to medium-low and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring often. (You may been to loosely cover the pot with a lid so the sauce doesn't splatter.)
- Take the pot off heat to blend the sauce. You can use either an immersion blender or transfer the mixture into a standing blender or food processor. Blend well until smooth.
- Cool the sauce first to room temperature and store it in the refrigerator, in a glass jar or another food storage container with an air-tight lid. Stored properly, it should last for 7-10 days.
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