Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce - a rich, bourbon flavored BBQ sauce made as spicy as you like it!

Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Jazz up your main dishes with this easy, homemade maple bourbon BBQ sauce. Ketchup and other kitchen staples simmer on the stove top for a customizable sauce. It can be made from mild to spicy or somewhere in between!
Course Sauces
Cuisine Southwestern
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 65kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup bourbon, to taste
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp hot sauce, to taste


  • All all ingredients to a sauce pan set over medium heat and stir so that everything is evenly combined. Let mixture cook until it reaches a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to low or low-medium and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes as the sauce reduces. Once sauce has thickened to your liking, let cool and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.


As written, this BBQ sauce is on the milder side of spiciness. If you're looking for a spicy BBQ sauce, feel free to add as much extra hot sauce as you'd like!
Using 1/2 cup of bourbon will allow a fairly bold bourbon flavor to shine through in the sauce. If you're not a huge bourbon fan, I suggest reducing the the amount of bourbon added to 1/3 or 1/4 cup, to your taste.
This recipe yields approximately 1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce in total.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.7g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 9.4g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate. As it can vary due to many factors (brands used, quantities, etc.), we cannot guarantee its accuracy.