5 Whiskey BBQ Sauces To Spice Up Your Meat With

Whiskey and BBQ. A culinary match made like few others can be. Steak, chicken, fish – you name it, if it is meat it can go well with about any type of whiskey out there. Bourbon in particular is a favorite pairing choice, alongside good Tennessee whiskey as well. Given this, it is not surprising to see some of America’s more popular whiskey brands lending their name and brown spirit to BBQ sauces for your use with your meats.

We’ve included in this shopping guide five choices for mainstream American whiskey BBQ sauces, including the likes of Jack Daniel’s. It should be noted for all of these the liquor levels are super, super low, so don’t expect to get buzzed off of any of these sauces. The addition of a bourbon into these mixes, instead, is designed to subtly give you a bit of additional flavor into the overall ingredient combination.

As for how to apply these sauces, treat them pretty much like any other BBQ saucing techniques you enjoy the most, such as dipping, drowning or marinating. I prefer the latter myself the most, typically taking a sauce like this and pouring it over a meat I plan to barbecue. I put both meat and sauce into an airtight container, give it a good shake to cover the meat in and let it rest over night in the refrigerator before throwing it onto the grill.

Evan Williams Hickory Smoked BBQ Sauce:

Evan Williams Hickory Smoked BBQ Sauce is flavored with this popular bourbon brand produced by Heaven Hill. The ingredient mix includes Tomato Paste, Water, White Sugar, Vinegar, Apples, Modified Food Starch, Evan Willimas Bourbon, Salt, Onion, Garlic Powder, Hickory Smoke Flavor, Spices, and Natural Flavoring.

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Fighting Cock Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce:

Fighting Cock Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce, much like the Evan Williams one above, is based upon bourbon produced by Heaven Hill. It is said to have a little more of a kick. The ingredient mix includes tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, hot sauce, fresh onions, fresh garlic, chile pepper, paprika, natural hickory flavoring, Authentic Fighting Cock Kentucky Bourbon, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, Habañero pepper, spices and lemon powder.





Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce, Original No. 7 Recipe:

Little needs to be said in introduction to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. There are four variants for this BBQ sauce, with the Original N0. 7 recipe focused upon good balance between sweet and spicy. The ingredient mix for this include Tomato Concentrate (Water, Tomato Paste), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled White Vinegar, Molasses, Water, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavoring, Mustard Flour, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate And Potassium Sorbate As Preservatives, Jack Daniel’S Tennessee Whiskey Flavoring (Natural And Artificial Flavors), Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Spice, Xanthan Gum.



Virginia Gentleman Bourbon BBQ Sauce:

Virginia Gentleman Bourbon is a smaller bargain bourbon label managed by A. Smith Bowman (Sazerac) which sees distribution in a very limited area in and around Virginia. Ingredients in the BBQ sauce include Water, Tomato Concentrate, Dark Brown Sugar, Corn Syrup, Molasses, Honey, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Virginia Gentleman 90 Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Salt, Lemon Juice, Peppers, Natural Flavorings, Onion Powder, Vinegar, Wheat, Spices, Soybeans, Anchovies, Hydrolyzed Soy and Corn Protein, Onions, Tamarinds, Garlic, Chili Pepper, Eschalots, and Natural Xanthan Gum.

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Wild Turkey BBQ Sauce:

Wild Turkey, much like Jack Daniel’s, needs little introduction given it being a staple of many home and commercial bars. Its BBQ offshoot is considered a “true southern BBQ sauce.” Ingredients in it include Tomato Paste, Corn Syrup Solids, Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Modified Food Starch, Spice, Salt, Lemon Juice, Mustard Flour, Dehydrated Onion, Garlic, and Sodium Benzoate.