Awesome Honey Bacon Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Andy Anderson !


On New Year’s Eve I always serve my smoked pork ribs, slathered in my homemade BBQ sauce.

This is a kickin’ sauce that really delivers a lot of flavor, and can stand up to the rigors of a slow cooker without breaking down. I have clients that will never use any other BBQ sauce, and so I usually make this sauce by the gallon.

I’ve tried several variations on this sauce; even using Chinese vinegar to kick up the tartness level. But this basic recipe is lip smacking good stuff.

So, you ready… let’s get into the kitchen.

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1 Tbsp
dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp
smoked paprika
2 Tbsp
chili powder
1 Tbsp
ground yellow mustard
1 Tbsp
dried sage
1/2 tsp
cayenne powder (totally optional)
1 tsp
salt, kosher variety


8 oz
smoked bacon, rough chopped
1 medium
yellow onion, rough chopped
4 clove
garlic, rough chopped
1 large
shot of good bourbon
1/2 c
coffee, brewed
1/2 c
espresso, brewed
2 Tbsp
fresh honey
1 c
1 Tbsp
soy or tamari sauce


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1Gather your dry ingredients.

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2Gather your sauce ingredients.

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3Rough chop the bacon, onion, & the garlic.

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4Chef's Note: What's a rough chop. A rough chop is when the veggies need to be cut up but they are not a part of the presentation of the dish.

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5Chef’s Note: Take a nice big swig of the bourbon… just to make sure it’s fresh.

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6Place a skillet over medium heat, and then add the bacon.

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7Cook, stirring regularly, until the bacon begins to brown, but not burn, about 8 to 10 minutes.

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8Add the onion and garlic to the skillet.

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9Continue to cook and stir, until the onions have softened, about 8 to 10 minutes.

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10Add all of the dry ingredients.

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11Chef’s Note: The cayenne sends this sauce into the hot category. You can cut that down to a small pinch, or leave it out altogether. When I leave it out, I usually add a bit of cumin as a substitute.

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12Stir until they are combined into the bacon/onion mixture.

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13Chef’s Note: Take another swig of the bourbon… just to make sure it’s still fresh.

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14Deglaze the pan with a generous splash of bourbon (a nice large shot).

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15Immediately take the pan off heat.

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16Add the contents of the pan to a blender or stand mixer.

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17Add the coffee, espresso, ketchup, honey, and soy sauce.

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18Blend until completely smooth.

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19Store in a glass airtight container, and refrigerate until ready to use. Enjoy.

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20Keep the faith, and keep drinking… err cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy