Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce

You can bet this spicy bourbon bbq sauce will be a grilling hit. And not only for the bourbon undertones (which you’ll love). There’s a smoky spice here that’s just to die for with ribs and steaks. Best of all, it takes no time to make: 10 minutes of prep and 20 minutes on the stove, and you’re done. It’s perfect for whipping up on the fly to impress with a homemade bbq sauce, not something out of a bottle.

Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce
Spicy bourbon BBQ sauce

Sriracha sauce provides some of the heat (and adds to the hint of garlic), but the real spicy star here is chipotle powder. It’s smoky and potent, coming from 100% dried and smoked red jalapeño, not cut with other spices like generic chili powder typically is. So the spice is strong with the chipotle addition. 

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Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Smoky, earthy, and sweet
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Condiment
Servings 32 servings
Calories 40 kcal


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder


  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine all ingredients.
  • Heat the sauce, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reaches a boil, then turn the heat to low.
  • Simmer the sauce for 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens to desired consistency.
  • Remove from heat and allow thew sauce to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Use immediately*, or pour the sauce into an airtight jar or container for future barbecue needs!


*For best flavor, allow the bbq sauce to sit for an additional hour to allow the flavors to meld.


Calories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 227mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 156IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 0.5mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on July 5, 2024 to include new content.
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