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Recipe of the Week: Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

For the love of everything edible, add some sauce to your food!

The sauce you decide to put on your food can either make or break the dish.  As a self-titled sauce connoisseur, I pride myself on knowing how to make sauce from scratch just to give my meal that kick that everyone loves.  In a quest to figure out how to use up this jar of molasses my mother found in our cabinet, I ran across this amazing recipe for my favorite condiment, barbecue sauce.  I always had an inkling that the base to barbecue sauce was molasses but I wasn’t sure how could I make it as amazing as Sweet Baby Rays.  This lack luster summer is finally over but that shouldn’t stop you from throwing this Bourbon Barbecue Sauce on some wings, a rack of ribs, or even jazz up your baked beans. From one sauce lover to another, bon appétit.





  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey


  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter with the oil. Saute the onions until tender. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes longer.
  2. Combine the molasses, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, pepper, lemon juice, zest, soy sauce, paprika, and bourbon, Stir into onion mixture.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool and refrigerate in a covered container.




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