Easy homemade barbecue sauce recipe sweetened with pure maple syrup and molasses. This Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce is amazing for all grilling adventures!
Is it too early to talk about barbecue sauce?
Forgive me if I’m jumping the gun on barbecue season, but over here in No Winter’s Land, it’s been grilling weather for 88% of the winter.
Plus, BBQ season is more of a state of being than an actual season, yes? As in, we can grill any time we dang well please, am I right??
I’m just going to come out and say it: best barbecue sauce I ever did make right here.
You’d never know this sauce is naturally sweetened and way better for you than store-bought sauce, because it’s such a magnificent balance of sweet/spicy/smoky/whiskey.
Zero sugar, zero corn syrup, no weird food coloring. Quick note to my gluten-free friends: this isn’t technically gluten-free on account of the whiskey, but you can omit the booze and still end up with a stellar sauce.
I will say, this sauce requires a million ingredients (okay, not a million, but more than I would like), but you probably have every last one of them already.
How to Make Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce:
My favorite part about making this sauce is it’s a one-stepper. One.and.done. All’s you do is toss the million ingredients into a saucepan and let that sucker simmer for 20 to 30 minutes (or a little longer if you’re a real go-getter).
What this level of convenience means for procrastinators like me, is you can whip up this barbecue sauce right before you barbecue on a moment’s notice. BOOM insta-delicious Q.
Wanna see one of the best parts about barbecue sauce? This:
Leftover grilled chicken bbq grilled cheese sandos are just too legit for words.
My vegetarian friends: black beans were made for barbecue sauce! Over and out.
Put this sauce to great use! Here are some recipes from The Roasted Root you can incorporate it into:
- Paleo Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork
- BBQ Shrimp and Sweet Potato Bowls
- Barbecue Pulled Chicken Chili
- Barbecue Pulled Turkey Tostadas
- BBQ Pulled Pork Enchiladas
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Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Easy naturally sweetened barbecue sauce recipe
- 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup vegan worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke, see note*
- 1-½ teaspoons paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, optional
- 3 tablespoons bourbon
- Add all ingredients except for the whiskey to a large saucepan. Whisk to combine and heat over medium. Bring to a full (but controlled) boil. Reduce the heat and allow sauce to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes, until thick.
- Add the whiskey and continue cooking another 5 minutes.
- Remove saucepan from heat and allow it to cool. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Transfer sauce to a sealable container and refrigerate until ready to use. Sauce will keep for up to 3 weeks.
- Use as a meat marinade or for drizzling on all the foods ever.
*You can omit the liquid smoke and replace it and the regular paprika with smoked paprika.
Nutrition InformationYield 3 Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 77Unsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 12gProtein 1g
Thursday 31st of December 2020
I need to try this when i have all of the ingredients. I had to substitute white sugar for molasses and i used smoked maple syrup. It is fabulous.
Saturday 2nd of January 2021
Oooh that sounds fabulous! Thanks for letting me know, Matt!
Sunday 2nd of August 2020
Would this recipe work for canning?
Monday 4th of May 2020
Can this recipe be water bathed to make it shelf stable?? If so, directions please! Many thanks. We make and sell hundreds of gallons of pure maple syrup every year!
Friday 5th of July 2019
This BBQ sauce is EASY and fast to make and goes really well with grilled tofu, portabello nd summer squash.
Saturday 6th of July 2019
That's one of my favorite parts about the recipe - it's just so simple! Thanks so much for the feedback, Robert! xo :D
William J Hornby
Wednesday 29th of May 2019
Here’s hoping this sauce is the bees knees. I am entertaining a lady and want to impress her with my ribs! Also Hoping she enjoys my other anatomical features, as well. She hates ketchup! Loves Bourbon, and adores Maple Syrup. The plan is for a dry rub Memphis style marinade with your sauce on the side. The other side will be occupied by Uncle Bill’s Eggy Potato salad, and Big Bellied Bertha’s Baked Beans. Cocktails feature Bourbon Lemonade and Mint Julips
Thursday 30th of May 2019
Thanks for the great chuckle, William! I hope you and your lady enjoyed the sauce and that certain anatomical features were enjoyed by the two of your as well :D BTW, the meal you laid out sounds absolutely incredible! I hope your woman knows how lucky she is! xo