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Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - a refined-sugar free, easy recipe that can be made in just 30 minutes!
Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Easy naturally sweetened barbecue sauce recipe

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, bbq, bourbon, pesto sauce
Servings: 3 cups of sauce
Author: Julia
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. Add the whiskey and continue cooking another 5 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Use as a meat marinade or for drizzling on all the foods ever.
Recipe Notes

*You can omit the liquid smoke and replace it and the regular paprika with smoked paprika.