Bourbon Chipotle Barbecue Sauce Recipe

If you’re the type of person who enjoys making barbecue sauce versus grabbing a bottle from the grocery store, you will appreciate this Bourbon Chipotle Barbecue Sauce recipe.

Homemade bourbon chipotle barbeque sauce in a mason jar.

This barbecue sauce would be compared to the standard ketchup-based sweet barbecue sauce, a pretty straightforward sauce. However, the addition of bourbon and chipotle takes a good barbecue sauce to a whole new level of flavor.

homemade bbq sauce in a saucepan resting on a deck rail.

This sauce is sticky-sweet with a touch of heat from the chipotles. The addition of a few other spices gives it a pleasing complexity that makes you wonder why you would buy barbecue sauce in the future.

The homemade bbq sauce recipe is easy to bring together without any complex steps. It also stores well so that you can bottle up any remainder for your next bbq session.

Next time you’re thinking about tossing some chicken on the grill, whip up a batch of this amazingly delicious sauce. Your family and friends will thank you!

Ingredients For Bourbon Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Nothing fancy in this recipe, but when you put these things together!!

One little note. When I bbq I always add some sort of wood. If you are grilling without any wood, add 1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke to the bbq sauce.

  • Ketchup – Standard foundation for any tomato-based BBQ sauce.
  • Bourbon – Nothing fancy, but make sure it’s real bourbon or whiskey.
  • Brown sugar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Molasses – (not blackstrap)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce(1 you get a gentle tingle, two will let you know it’s there)
  • Minced garlic (you can sub this out with 1/2 of garlic powder)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – This adds some acid to cut through the sweetness
  • Kosher salt
  • Onion powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Paprika – Smoked paprika if you have it

Putting It Together

Ingredients for bourbon chipotle barbeque sauce on the stovetop.

It can’t get much easier than this, gang. Put all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

bbq sauce bubbling on the stovetop.

Whisk to combine well. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat. Continue to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, whisking as needed until the barbecue sauce gets thick and bubbly.

Homemade barbeque sauce in a mason jar.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature before storing.


BBQ chicken on a baking dish with homemade bbq suace.

This recipe is perfect for any dish that calls for a tomato sauce based barbecue sauce. Quick and easy, super delicious – Great bbq calls for a great bourbon bbq sauce. And no more store-bought sauces! You can’t beat a homemade barbecue sauce.

Homemade bourbon chipotle barbeque sauce on grilled chicken.

This sauce would pair well with pulled pork or pork ribs. And if you’re looking for that quintessential bbq chicken experience, this is the sauce for you.

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Bourbon Chipotle Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Homemade bourbon chipotle barbeque sauce in a mason jar.

Bourbon Chipotle Barbecue Sauce Recipe

If you're looking to make that perfect barbecue sauce instead of buying off the rack, this Bourbon Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is for you. Super easy, super delicious. Sticky sweet with the punch of bourbon and chipotle. Perfect for chicken!
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Course: BBQ
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 73kcal


  • 2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Bourbon
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar packed
  • 1/4 Cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Molasses not blackstrap
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Chipotle peppers in adobo add one more for a spicier kick
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Minced, or sub for same amount of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika Smoked or regular


  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes, whisking often, until barbecue sauce is thick and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Use or store in air tight container.


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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