Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Summer is just around the corner! My husband received a BBQ smoker for his birthday recently so now we’ve been cooking things to try it out. So far he’s smoked a couple ducks and then pork belly… So good! Now he plans on doing ribs next, so I wanted to come up with something to serve along with it. Thus, my Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce made it’s grand entrance! And I have pretty good feeling it’s gonna be sticking around for a while.

Bourbon Maple BBQ Sauce in a glass mason jar with a antique silver spoon laying in front of it.

I love coming up with new sauces! This one is different from my, Honey Balsamic BBQ Sauce, because we’re going to simmer it on the stove. This will allow the flavors to meld and to cook off the alcohol.

Process photo of the uncombined ingredients in a sauce pan on the stove.
Process photos of all of the ingredients, being stirred, in a pan on the stove.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I did try this without cooking and it’s also good! Just be prepare yourself for a *kick* from the bourbon and definitely don’t give it to anyone that shouldn’t have alcohol. I would expect that no one would be drinking the BBQ sauce straight…but ya never know.

How To Store the Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Once you’ve made the recipe, allow the sauce to cool and store it to a jar with a tight lid. An airtight container will also work. Think mason jar with the canning style lids. This is also a good time to wash and repurpose a glass jar instead of throwing it away!

Bourbon Maple BBQ Sauce being poured from a spoon into a glass mason jar.
Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce in a glass mason jar with a spoon.

Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Savory, smoky & sweet!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 916 kcal


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (minced or pressed using a garlic press)
  • ½ tsp salt (add more to taste, if desired)
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (add more to taste, if desired)


  • Add all ingredients to a small to small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir occasionally.
  • Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10-15 more minutes until the sauce thickens.


Calories: 916kcal | Carbohydrates: 150g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3538mg | Potassium: 1227mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 126g | Vitamin A: 1252IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 3mg
Keyword bbq, bbq sauce, bourbon, maple
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