Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce #NationalBBQMonth

Did you know that May is National BBQ Month? I had no idea until Four Roses let me know. In celebration of #NationalBBQMonth I mixed up a tasty honey bourbon BBQ sauce. This is a very mild full flavored sauce perfect for any kind of grilling. I cooked a few chicken drumsticks and rubbed this honey bourbon BBQ sauce all over it for dinner this week. This is some good stuff!

Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce #NationalBBQMonth

BBQ Sauce is actually pretty simple to make and there are so many ingredients you can play around with. I wanted kick things up, so I added a little Four Roses single barrel Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey to the mix. Four Roses bourbon has a really great flavor and smooth finish. It’s pretty fun to cook with too.

Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce #NationalBBQMonth

To start out my BBQ sauce I chopped up an onion. It doesn’t need to be perfect. You can either blend in the onion to the BBQ sauce after cooking or leave it rustic and chunky like I did here. Get your onions and garlic cooking with a little olive oil and add in the bourbon so there is time for it to cook down.

Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce #NationalBBQMonth

While the onion bourbon mixture cooked, I gathered my remaining ingredients and mixed those in a separate bowl first. Ketchup or tomato paste is needed to get things going and the rest is mostly flavor.

Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce #NationalBBQMonth

I added brown sugar and honey for sweetness, a little sriracha for heat and worcestershire for salt. Vinegar is also key. Some people like to use apple cider vinegar but I think white vinegar works just fine too. Then just salt and pepper to taste. I seem to like a lot of pepper.

Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce #NationalBBQMonth

Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce #NationalBBQMonth

Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce #NationalBBQMonth


  • 1 Chopped White Onion
  • 1 1/2 tbs. Chopped Garlic
  • 2 tbs. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Four Roses Bourbon
  • 2 Cups Ketchup or 6 oz can of Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoon of Hot Sauce (Sriracha)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Saute onion, garlic, olive oil and bourbon.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.
  3. Simmer until onions soften or about 10 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients.
  6. Add to saute mixture.
  7. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.
  8. Simmer for 30 minutes or more.

I hope you love this Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce! Enjoy!

I received samples of Four Roses Bourbon and ingredients from Whole Foods. All opinions are my own. 

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13 Responses to Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce #NationalBBQMonth

  1. Barbara May 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    This sounds lip smacking delicious!

    • BriGeeski May 12, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      Thank you Barbara!

  2. Xenia May 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    I love that you added sriracha to it! I’ve never made my own bbq sauce but you make it look simple and yummy!

    • BriGeeski May 12, 2014 at 7:57 am #

      Thanks Xenia! I often forget how easy it is to make a tasty sauce. I will have to do it more often.

  3. Mama Mary May 10, 2014 at 10:24 am #


    • BriGeeski May 12, 2014 at 7:55 am #

      Thanks Mary!

  4. [email protected] Homemade May 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Great sauce! I can just imagine it slathered all over my grilled meats this summer 🙂

    • BriGeeski May 21, 2014 at 7:42 am #

      Sounds like you’ll be doing a lot of grilling!

  5. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence May 20, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    I love making homemade sauces! And this one looks super tasty 🙂

    • BriGeeski May 21, 2014 at 7:42 am #

      Thanks Brandon!

  6. Lynn May 20, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    I like the ketchup option over the tomato paste since I don’t usually have that on hand! Are you still working on the recipe since there are a few question marks left in the ingredients list?

    • BriGeeski May 21, 2014 at 7:42 am #

      Yeah I hear ya! I don’t know why those question marks were showing. I had a problem with the recipe plugin recently so maybe it had a glitch. All fixed now. Enjoy!


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