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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Depends on how much you use
15 Min
20 Min
Stove Top



  • 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
    ketchup, homemade, if possible
  • 1 Tbsp
    soy or tamari sauce

How to Make Awesome Honey Bacon Bourbon BBQ Sauce


  1. Gather your dry ingredients.
  2. Gather your sauce ingredients.
  3. Rough chop the bacon, onion, & the garlic.
  4. Chef'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.
  5. Chef’s Note: Take a nice big swig of the bourbon… just to make sure it’s fresh.
  6. Place a skillet over medium heat, and then add the bacon.
  7. Cook, stirring regularly, until the bacon begins to brown, but not burn, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet.
  9. Continue to cook and stir, until the onions have softened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  10. Add all of the dry ingredients.
  11. Chef’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.
  12. Stir until they are combined into the bacon/onion mixture.
  13. Chef’s Note: Take another swig of the bourbon… just to make sure it’s still fresh.
  14. Deglaze the pan with a generous splash of bourbon (a nice large shot).
  15. Immediately take the pan off heat.
  16. Add the contents of the pan to a blender or stand mixer.
  17. Add the coffee, espresso, ketchup, honey, and soy sauce.
  18. Chef’s Note: When I talk about using ketchup in this recipe, I would really hope you choose a homemade variety. Otherwise you are making a condiment out of a condiment. Besides, store-bought ketchup has things in it, other than ketchup. Go homemade… if you can.

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  19. Blend until completely smooth.
  20. Store in a glass airtight container, and refrigerate until ready to use. Enjoy.
  21. Keep the faith, and keep drinking… err cooking.

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About Awesome Honey Bacon Bourbon BBQ Sauce

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

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