Recipe courtesy of The Smoking Swine

The Smoking Swine's Traditional BBQ Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 10 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 cups
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4 medium cloves garlic

1 medium onion

2 cups ketchup 

1 cup sour mash whiskey 

3/4 cup honey 

1/2 cup yellow mustard 

1/2 cup white vinegar 

1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce 

1/4 cup lemon juice 

1/4 cup steak sauce 

1/4 cup unsulfured molasses 

1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons dark chile powder 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon ground black pepper 


  1. Puree the garlic and onion in a food processor until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a stockpot, add the ketchup, whiskey, honey, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, lemon juice, steak sauce, molasses and hot sauce and whisk together over low heat. Add the brown sugar, chile powder, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring, then reduce to a simmer and simmer for 40 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. The sauce will keep for about 2 weeks refrigerated.

Cook’s Note

This is a good base sauce to start from when figuring out your own recipe. You can add or decrease the honey for more or less sweetness, or the hot sauce for more or less heat. Ultimately, you will make the recipe differently than anyone else and to your personal taste.

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