Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Smoky with a bourbon twist…

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.

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. 

Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins



  • 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.


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on May 13, 2021 to include new content.
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