It’s not difficult to get your hands on a BBQ sauce at the grocery store today. There are a lot of flavor options to pick from to make a nice BBQ meal.
But why not make a barbecue sauce? Aside from tasting better than ones placed on the shelf at the grocery store, you create a perfect BBQ sauce with lots of fun ingredients like Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
Wait, is this okay for kids?
While the BBQ sauce is spirited with whiskey to infuse a sweet, spiced flavor, the cooking process cooks off the alcohol, making it safe for children to consume. To sweeten the sauce, add brown sugar and molasses and vinegar and ketchup to infuse a lot of flavors.
This tasty sauce can be slathered over chicken barbecue, burgers, ribs, pulled pork, or any grilled or slow-cooked meat.
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How to Make a Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce
There are several ways to make this tasty sauce to slather on your meat for a sumptuous meal. In this post, we’ll discuss three recipes for an extra special touch on your grilled foods to wow your guest.
- Chopping Board
- Sauce Pan
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Rubber Spatula or Mixing Spoon
- Container for Storage or Serving
- 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey (you can add more to your taste)
- 1 small onion (chopped)
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (you can add more to your taste)
- Gather and prepare the ingredients
- Mix the finely chopped garlic, chopped onion, and Jack Daniel in a 3-Qt saucepan.
- Simmer the onion until it’s translucent, which should take about 10 minutes
- Add the tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, ketchup, Tabasco sauce, smoke flavoring, pepper, salt, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Bring the mixture to boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer
- Remove the cover and allow the mixture to reduce and thicken. This should take about 20 minutes with occasional stirring.
- If you want a stronger flavor, add more Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
- Let it sit for a while to cool, then store in an airtight container or use immediately
This recipe is another homemade creation inspired by a delicious barbeque and Jack Daniel’s Whiskey.
With this recipe, you should be able to create 2 ½ cups of BBQ sauce to use immediately or store in your refrigerator for about a week.
- 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Yellow Onion
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 2 Teaspoons Thyme
- 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 cup Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1 cup Ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Mustard
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Molasses
- 1 Teaspoon Pepper
Note: for hot sauce, add 1 tsp of cayenne for hot sauce or ½ tsp for medium sauce. But for a mild sauce, do not add cayenne.
- Grab your cutting board and knife and chop the yellow onion about ¼ cup. Also, measure 2 tablespoons of pre-minced garlic or minced your fresh garlic cloves about 2 tablespoons.
- Using your medium saucepan, mix the finely chopped yellow onion, garlic and butter. Place the mixture on med-high heat to saute for a few minutes until you get a light golden and tender result.
- Add the ketchup to the sauteed garlic and onion and simmer on low heat.
- Add the other dry spices or ingredients and stir properly.
- Pour the reaming liquids or ingredients, including the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, into the saucepan and mix well.
- Simmer the barbecue sauce for about half an hour until you get a thickened BBQ sauce.
- Take the yummy result off the heat. You can add an extra ½ tablespoon of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey to the sauce and stir for a more prominent flavor.
- Allow the delectable BBQ sauce to chill before storing it in an airtight container to share with your friends or use later.
What’s the Shelf Life of the Jack Daniels BBQ sauce
It’s important that the sauce is sitting in the fridge for longer shelf life. In my experience, both recipes lasted about a month in an airtight container without going bad. I cannot guarantee it will stay good past that.
More so, I’ve made bulk batches of these recipes and frozen them for the long term. It stays good and perfect for four months. The most important thing is giving it a lot of time to thaw and store in a fridge and not in your cabinet at room temperature.
The Jack Daniel BBQ sauce can be used as a flavorful sauce or for basting meats.
- Brush on beef ribs or pork in the last minutes of cooking. You can also add sauce to the serving,
- The Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce can be served as a topping for pulled pork sandwiches
- In the last stage of grilling or baking your chicken thighs or breasts, brush the sauce on the meats
- Coat freshly grilled, baked, or fried chicken wings
- Use the Jack Daniels BBQ sauce to flavor slow-cooking pork shoulder, brisket, or beef chunk
- Slather on chicken sandwiches or burgers. Also, it comes in handy for making a delectable BBQ chicken pizza
- Use the Jack Daniels BBQ sauce for appetizer meatballs
- For extra flavor, add this yummy sauce to baked beans
- Brush any of the recipes on your meatloaf before or after cooking
- If you’re a vegetarian, you can replace the Worcestershire sauce with soy sauce to create a perfect vegetarian main dish – jackfruit, tofu, or top seitan
We’ve discussed two homemade recipes for creating a perfect Jack Daniels BBQ sauce to step up your barbecue game. This rich whiskey flavor is a good match with pork, beef, or chicken.
Above all, you can make this sauce and store it to use with a wide range of meals. Heck, the Jack Daniels BBQ sauce goes well anywhere that demands a BBQ sauce.