Hey, y’all! There’s BBQ sauce… and then there’s my Homemade Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce, which is amplified with the addition of Kentucky-made Ale-8-One. It’s finger lickin’ good — and perfect for your next cookout!
In the warm months, I am constantly outside and crave classic, grilled, Americana foods. Burgers top that list. While I love a classic ketchup + mustard addition to a burger, my favorite condiment to add is BBQ Sauce. There are store-bought brands that suffice, sure; however, I wanted to create an exceptional one to share with y’all that truly embodied the Commonwealth of Kentucky. My thought process? Add Ale-8-One and Bourbon!
Watch Me Make It
How To Make Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce With Ale-8-One
Ale-8 Bourbon BBQ Sauce
1 1/4 c. Ketchup
3/4 c. Brown Sugar
1/3 c. Ale-8-One
1/3. c. Bourbon
1/4 c. Tomato Paste
2 tbsp. Honey
2 tsp. Minced Garlic
6 dashes Worcestershire
3 dashes Liquid Smoke
2 tsp. Kosher Salt
2 tsp. Black Pepper
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Onion Powder
- Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Making my Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce with Ale-8-One is as easy as that, y’all! I love recipes that enable you to just add everything into a single pan/pot. Easy cleanup = happy cook. Am I right?
There are many ways to enjoy a Kentucky cookout at home; my hope is that y’all will start by making this BBQ Sauce + stocking up on Ale-8-One from your local retailer (note: I usually buy mine at Kroger!).
Launched in July of 1926, Ale-8-One is the only Kentucky-invented soft drink still in existence. It was invented by G. L. Wainscott and was named via one of America’s first slogan contests at the Clark County Fair. “A Late One” – the winning entry – was a pun adopted for its witty description. From that, a Kentucky legacy transpired.
Not only is it local to our state, you’ll adore the ginger profile of the soda. The unique formula is unparalleled to anything else on the market. Try it once and you’ll be in love, just as I am, y’all!
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Love the recipe for my Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce With Ale-8-One? Try making my Homemade Ale-8-One Cake Balls!
FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Ale-8-One. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting those that make JCP Eats possible.