BBQ Sauce #3 - Bourbon Orange

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by schlotz, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    ​UPDATED to latest version 3/21/17

    Another sauce many have commented favorably on. I usually substitute powders vs cooking the onions & garlic since the sauce can be saved longer that way.  The coriander really adds a good layer to this sauce. Enjoy!

    BBQ Sauce #3 - Bourbon Orange 

    Recipe By: Matt

    Yield: 3 cups


    3 tablespoons olive oil - skip if using powders
    - - -
    1 1/2 tsp onion powder, or 1 med onion diced
    1/2 tsp garlic powder, or 4 cloves diced fine
    - - -
    1/2 cup Maker's Mark Bourbon
    1/3 cup Triple sec
    1/4 - 1/3 cup orange juice (we prefer no pulp)
    1 cup ketchup
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    3/4 tsp ground coriander, < don't leave out
    1/2-1 tsp coarse ground black pepper, to taste for heat
    1/2 tsp salt


    1. If using fresh onions: Sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until translucent & slightly brown.  Then add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Reset heat to low, add bourbon and deglaze the browned bits from pan bottom.

    2. Add all the ingredients and bring to a simmer cooking for 30 to 45 minutes. Let sit to cool.

    3. Sauce can be put in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator.  If fresh onion and garlic used, should only keep it for a week. 


    1 small onion = 1/3 cup chopped = 1 tsp powder
    1 clove garlic = 1/8 tsp powder = 1 tsp minced
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  2. Sounds tasty! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy smoken.

  3. matchew

    matchew Smoke Blower

    After making your Rum Sauce and loving it I think this will be the next on my "to make" list.

    Guess I need to smoke some ribs this weekend.........Oh Darn!
  4. Hmmmm never thought about adding orange juice, def have to try it. Sounds delicious
  5. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds great! And a good reason to have to buy a bottle of bourbon too! :)
  6. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    At the end of the day Guys, it's all about personal taste.  So try the recipe as is and with that under your belt, dial it in to fit your desired profile.  

    Oh, and don't forget to come back and tells us about your success [​IMG]

  7. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    This sounds like another winner.
  8. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Also UPDATED to latest version.  The balance of flavors needed tweaking, so to the rescue I introduced a small amount of Triple sec.  See the recipe at the top of the thread.

  9. have you tried substituting peach for the orange? ive had a peach bourbon bbq sauce before and it was awesome, not sure how it would taste on something smoked but it was really good on a bacon wrapped thanks for the recipe im going to try it out tonight. monty
  10. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    I haven't tried a peach derivative but that might be worth the experiment Monty [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 15, 2016
  11. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Updated recipe [​IMG]

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