My buddy Brad Korber is a big Foodie and when we are together I’m always interested in what restaurant he is going to recommend. Brad also has an accomplished list of self made recipes which he has decided to share with me and now everyone else that comes to our site. He sent me his favorite BBQ sauce recipe and his favorite rib rub recipe. The beauty of his recipes is that they contain typical ingredients you already have or can easily source from any grocery store.

Here is what Brad had to say about his Jack Daniels sauce.

“While the rub is essentially a mash up of years of trying to match what I saw on TV or in recipes and making it up on my own, the sauce on the other hand has never changed from day one when I first put this together and it has been getting awesome reviews from friends and family for 20+ years.  Bourbon BBQ sauce is not an original idea, but I think the maple syrup adds an element that’s a little different from honey or other sweet components.  So easy and simple, when you reach the grilling stage with your ribs (whether back or side) I apply this sauce very liberally, I don’t usually use it for dipping, I put lots on while grilling so the ribs are sticky and messy.  You can make smaller and larger batches as required, it will keep in the fridge for 30 days or more.”

Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce Recipe Ingredients


1/2 Cup Jack Daniels Bourbon (you can try others, but there is a reason Jack is the best selling bourbon on the planet)

1/2 Cup Honey (Thick)

1/2 Cup Maple Syrup

1/2 Cup BBQ sauce (Kraft Plain BBQ Sauce or other common brand names- use the plain versions)

1/2 Tablespoon Cayenne (you can add more or less depending on your taste preference. Don’t skimp, you need some to add that little kick)

Optional- 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar- (I usually do not add- but it works well), depending on your preference, adds some tanginess to this sweet and hot BBQ sauce. Mike here, I add it because I love the acidic profile it brings.

Instructions:


Simply mix all ingredients in a medium pot. Stir over medium/low heat for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally. I like to make sure all the ingredients mix in well so there are no lumps. Do not bring to a boil.

Mixing Bourbon BBQ Sauce in Pot

Cool and place into squeeze bottles.

Refrigerate up to 30 days.

Servings:


2.75 Cups of BBQ Sauce

Where to use this Sauce


This sauce is awesome on ribs. When I make ribs I slather them with sauce for the last 30-45 minutes at 225F. I like to have a couple different sauces on hand for the final stretch. Half the racks get the JD BBQ sauce and the other half get my own BBQ sauce recipe. The Jack Daniel’s sauce has just the right sweet, with heat while my BBQ sauce is a bit more traditional with an acidic background. Use it with Brad’s rib rub recipe.

The sauce definitely has a lower viscosity compared to may store bought sauces. I find this works best when applied to the meat in its final cooking stage. Let the sauce stick on to the meat and make for a messy finish.

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Jack Daniel's Bourbon BBQ Sauce
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Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce Recipe

Bourbon Whiskey based BBQ sauces have a unique and distinct flavor. They work well with pork ribs. This is a simple recipe that will delight your guests.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, BBQ, sauce
Keyword: bbq recipes, best bbq sauce, Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Jack Daniels
Servings: 30
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Michael Haas
Cost: $7.00

Equipment

  • Medium sauce pan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
  • Sauce Squeeze Bottle
  • Measuring Spoons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Jack Daniels Bourbon You can try others, but there is a reason Jack is the best selling bourbon on the planet
  • 1/2 Cup Honey Thick
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup BBQ sauce Kraft Plain BBQ Sauce or other common brand names- use the plain versions
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cayenne You can add more or less depending on your taste preference. Don't skimp, you need some to add that little kick
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar- Optional, I usually do not add- but it works well, depending on your preference, adds some tanginess to this sweet and hot BBQ sauce. Mike here, I add it because I love the acidic profile it brings.

Instructions

  • Simply mix all ingredients in a medium pot. Stir over medium/low heat for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally. I like to make sure all the ingredients mix in well so there are no lumps.
    Mixing Bourbon BBQ Sauce in Pot
  • Cool and place into squeeze bottles.
  • Refrigerate up to 30 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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