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mason jar of Blueberry Whiskey homemade barbecue sauce

Blueberry Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

This sweet spicy barbecue sauce is great for basting or adding before serving.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 Makes 3 cups
Calories 158kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • ½ large Red Onion , peeled and chopped
  • 3 large Garlic Cloves , peeled and diced
  • 1 large Jalapeno Chile Pepper , stem and seeds removed, diced
  • ½ cup Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey or Bourbon Whiskey
  • ½ cup Ketchup , homemade or purchased
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Hot Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 3 cups fresh Blueberries (frozen, thawed blueberries may be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract


  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the canola oil. Warm until ripples are visible on the oil’s surface then add the onion. Sauté until the onion is softened and the color has lightened (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Add the garlic and jalapeno. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Carefully pour in the whiskey (it will splatter) and stir quickly to deglaze the pan. Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the vanilla extract. Stir to fully combine.
  • Lower the heat to medium or medium-low to allow a low simmer of the sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes, periodically pressing on the blueberries with the back of a heavy cooking spoon or potato masher to smash them.
  • Remove from heat and allow to sit 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract. Process in batches through a blender or using an immersion (stick) blender, puree the sauce until smooth. Allow to cool slightly then place in a glass jar with lid and refrigerate until fully chilled. May be used for up to two weeks if kept sealed in the refrigerator.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.1mg