May Is #NationalBBQMonth – Here Are The 5 Best Bourbon BBQ Sauces

I never turn down good Barbecue, and to me ALL Barbecue is GOOD Barbecue! But there is more to the fine art of the grill than just throwing some meat over heat! The rub, marinades, and sauces can make or break a good plate.

And a good sauce can turn bad meat into the best thing you have ever put in your face!

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So for the true #Bourbonite, here are the 5 best bourbon barbecue sauces I have personally tried before. If there is one that I miss, leave us a comment below!

Maker’s Mark Gourmet Sauce

Maker's Mark Gourmet Sauce

First up is Makers Mark Gourmet Sauce. Put this sauce on your Barbecue, pizza, in red beans and rice, on steaks, and almost anything else you can think of. The ingredients listed include Pineapple, applesauce, raisins, anchovies, tomato paste, molasses, chili peppers, garlic, onion, salt, cloves, tamarind, paprika, and shallots. The whiskey flavor and the unique blend of ingredient makes this one of the most complex sauces I have tasted.

Stubb’s Sweet Hickory Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

 Stubb's Sweet Hickory Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Stubbs actually makes an entire line of Barbecue sauces that include Spicy, Sticky Sweet, and a Moppin Sauce for basting. If you are looking for a low sugar and high flavor sauce, this is it – according to the ingredients list it has less than .5% of corn syrup no high fructose corn syrup.

Other ingredients include Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Tapioca, Brown Sugar, Onion, Paprika, Garlic, Chile Powder, and Natural Smoke Flavor.

The sauce is on the thicker side, meaning it will hold on to the meat better than some thinner sauces, and there is far more tomato  and spice flavor than there is heat. Stubbs’ whole lineup deserves a spot on this list of must-try sauces.

Moonshiners’ Smokey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Moonshiners' Smokey Bourbon Barbeque Sauce

A sweet brown sugar and molasses-based sauce with a nice little bourbon kick.  The ingredients lineup include Beef Stock, Molasses and Brown Sugar, Liquid Smoke, Green Pepper, Onion, herbs and spices. A little more heat and flavor than Stubb’s but a little thinner as well. I tried it on a light plate of pulled pork and it put a smile on my face. Doing Moonshiners Smokey Bourbon Barbecue sauce on a heavier or smokier meat might not hold up.

Pappy’s Hottest Ride in Town Barbecue Sauce

I like my bourbon scorching hot, but not my barbecue sauce. This stuff lives up to its label. I don’t know that I have ever had a hotter off the shelf sauce than this. Be warned. If you like heat on your meat, you will love this. If not….

Pappy's Hottest Ride in Town Barbecue Sauce

Pappy’s Hottest Ride in Town Barbecue Sauce doesn’t sacrifice heat for flavor as is often the case with hot sauces. Its thick, and sticks to your jowls like napalm. And like napalm, a little goes a long way. I have been nursing my bottle for about 2 months. Some of the more notable ingredients include Oil of Capsicum, Lemon Powder, Habanero Pepper and Citric Acid.

Fighting Cock BBQ Sauce

Fighting Cock BBQ Sauce

Not sure if this is related to Fighting Cock Bourbon, but it definitely has some in the ingredients. Made with Tomato and Hot Sauce, Fresh Onions, Garlic, Chile Peppers, Paprika, Lemon Powder, Habanero Pepper, and citrus, this is one of my favorite crowd pleasers. Not too hot, not too mild. Perfectly textured and all those sweet and smokey bourbon flavors that I love. If I had to have one out all 5 of these on my grill, it would be Fighting Cock BBQ Sauce!

Got a favorite sauce or barbecue recipe? Leave it in the comments section below!

By | 2016-05-16T14:51:53+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Bourbon Food Recipes|

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