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Decorative glass jar filled with homemade BBQ sauce on wood board with bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey in background.

Homemade Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauce

Course: BBQ, condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ sauce, Jack Daniel's
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 715kcal
Author: Laureen King
This recipe is exceptional with tangy smoky taste enhanced with the great flavour of Jack Daniel's Whiskey. This superb sauce has a great thick consistency that works well on ribs, chicken and steak.
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  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoon Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • ½ cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • cup white vinegar
  • ¾ cup fancy molasses regular molasses will also work
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • ½ teaspoon Frank's Red Hot Sauce add more if you like it spicy
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt


  • In a large sauce pan combine ½ cup Jack Daniel's, onion and garlic. Saute until onions are translucent (about 7 minutes).
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients except the 2 tablespoons of Jack Daniel's whiskey.
  • Bring to a slow boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low heat uncovered for 20-30 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of Jack Daniel's and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  • Brush onto meat, poultry, seafood of your choice for grilling.
  • Use immediately or store in refrigerator for up to one week.


Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 152g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2638mg | Potassium: 2199mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 139g | Vitamin A: 1155IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 6.5mg