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Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey is the key to this delicious BBQ sauce recipe, a perfect complement to countless BBQ and grilling main dishes. We keep the other ingredients to a minimum to showcase the complexity of flavor whiskey provides.

Serve with: a Jack Daniels-based cocktail.

Sauces and Condiments


Servings: 2 cups


Prep Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 cups Jack Daniel's Black Label or a bourbon
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons dark or blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
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  • Prep. Test the whiskey to make sure it is up to your standards. Pour 1 cup/236.6 ml of whiskey into a saucepan and set aside the remaining whiskey.
  • Heat. Bring a saucepan to a boil and reduce the liquid to about 2 tablespoons. Don't let the alcohol flame. Taste the unused whiskey to make sure it hasn't gone bad.
  • Add 1/2 cup/118.3 ml of the whiskey and the other ingredients. Simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes and reduce it by about 1/3.
  • Serve or store. Use it immediately as you would your favorite BBQ sauce or bottle it and keep it in the refrigerator for a month or more. Drink the remaining whiskey.