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Bourbon-Tomato BBQ Sauce

Bourbon BBQ Marinade
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To celebrate National Bourbon Day, we’re taking the bourbon out of the tumbler and pouring it into our marinade. This tangy, savory mixture tenderizes the meat and pleases cookout crowds with just the right amount of alcohol. So go on, crank up the tank and raise your glass to bourbon.

    15 min - 25 min
    25 min


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup bourbon
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a skillet on medium melt the butter and then add the onion and garlic, sautéing until translucent.
  2. Add the bourbon, tomato paste and brown sugar. Cook until the liquid has reduced down to about half, then add the remaining ingredients, and simmer until thickened.
  3. When cool, pour into a food processor, pulsing until smooth. Use or refrigerate.