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Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Burger

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Burger


  • 1 Tablespoon bourbon
  • ½ Cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 slice Cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
  • Lettuce, for topping
  • Tomato, for topping
  • Red onion slices, for topping
  • Pickles, for topping


Add the bourbon to ¼ of a cup of the barbecue sauce and simmer the mixture in a small saucepan over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Set aside.

Combine the ground beef, the remaining ¼ cup of barbecue sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix just until combined and then gently shape into 4 patties.

Grill the patties over medium heat, about 5 minutes per side, or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the patty reads 160 degrees F.

Top each patty with a slice of cheese and grill one minute longer.

Place the patties on the toasted buns and layer with lettuce, tomato, red onion slices, pickles, and bourbon barbecue sauce, to taste.

Tennessee Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue. That seemingly innocuous word actually elicits some very strong opinions. In some areas of the country, if you invite someone to a barbecue, they assume ribs and/or pulled pork. When I hear "barbecue," I don't assume a menu, I just assume something will be cooked on the grill.

Then there's barbecue SAUCE. So many kinds of barbecue sauce. You have your vinegar-based barbecue sauce, tomato-and-vinegar, tomato-and-sugar, and even mustard (yes, mustard!). Growing up, barbecue sauce came out of a bottle, and only came in two "flavors": regular and honey. I have since discovered the ease and flexibility of making barbecue sauce at home, and will never go back to bottled.

Two years ago, Cooking Light had a feature of burgers from across the country. At the time the magazine came out, I made their Southern California burger. I also bookmarked the other burgers in the article, but didn't get around to making any of the others. Until now. I made the sauce as the recipe directed, using bottled ketchup, and the resulting burgers were a huge hit. Dave took a bite, and his eyes lit up. "What is this sauce?? It's delicious!"

But bottled ketchup often contains an excessive amount of sugar. I decided to remake the sauce with homemade ketchup. By starting with tomato paste, homemade ketchup doesn't require any cooking, so it doesn't add any extra hands-on time to the barbecue sauce recipe.

Adjust any amounts in the recipe as suits your preferences. Store the sauce in a jar in your refrigerator for up to 3 months, if it even lasts that long, because this tastes good on EVERYTHING. Spoon some onto burgers, brush it onto chicken thighs, and slather it over pork tenderloin!

Bourbon BBQ Sauce Cheeseburgers

Sometimes you just need a good ol’ fashioned messy, sauce dripping, 10 napkin required kind of cheeseburger. And that is what this one is. And, friends, it is glorious. Sweet and smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce, melted cheese, succulent burger and crisp, creamy coleslaw. It would be the perfect addition to your upcoming Memorial Day celebrations.

I can’t believe that it is almost Memorial Day which means that it is almost time to meet our Little Dude. That’s right. We are getting down to the wire. I know, I haven’t given a pregnancy update in a while. I’m 31 weeks today. Things are going pretty well. He’s a very active little guy, a lot more active then Kellan was. I feel like he’s a bit bigger too. I was even told at my 20 week ultrasound that he was in the 85th percentile! He makes me crave things like tomato sandwiches, strawberries and all things with mayo, just like his brother did. And if this little guy decides to be early like his big brother was then he could be here in 6 short weeks.

It’s a little shocking to think that it could be so soon. And while I’m not 100% sure I’m ready to chase around a 2 1/2 year old and care for a newborn right at this moment, I’m so ready to meet him and kiss his little baby toes. And I cannot wait to see Kellan with his little baby brother. He has 3 baby girl cousins right now and he is so good with them. Giving them kisses and hugs. Telling them not to be sad when they cry. It is pretty darn cute if you ask me. I just know that he is going to be the best big brother.

But alas, we still have a few more weeks until we get to meet our new little guy. Until then, I’m going to rest up, nest and probably eat a few of these burgers, baby boy seems to like it when I do judging by the kicks :)

Easy Homemade Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

This easy homemade Bourbon Barbecue Sauce tastes amazing! Smoky, a bit sweet and tangy in the same time, goes perfectly with your steaks, ribs, pulled pork, chicken wings or your burger!

You know I am a big fan of cooking from scratch as much as I can. Have bought a top reviewed barbecue sauce recently and although it tasted great, I was surprised with the amount of sugar that was packed in it.

Don’t know why I am so surprised, everything is loaded with sugar these days. Craving some good bourbon barbecue sauce without the unnecessary load of sugar, have decided to try and make my own homemade barbecue sauce.

Best Homemade Bourbon BBQ Sauce EVER!

It tastes amazing! Smokey from adding the bourbon and a touch of adobo (sorry cannot help myself from adding it everywhere…) a bit sweet and tangy in the same time, this easy bourbon BBQ sauce recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes!

You only need 7 ingredients to make Bourbon BBQ Sauce at home:

Adobo sauce (you can find Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce in the Mexican ingredient section of your local supermarket)

How to make homemade bourbon barbecue sauce?

It’s super easy! Add all ingredients in a medium wide saucepan (wider the saucepan, faster eliminates the liquid and becomes thicker) and cook stirring occasionally. You will also need a lid to add partway between stirrings because the sauce will sputter.

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How to make this recipe

Making your own barbecue sauce is very easy. It takes 5-10 minutes of prep, and about 10 minutes of cooking time.

The ingredients list may seem a bit long to you, but they’re necessary to develop the depth of flavor that all great barbecue sauces have.

Most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry or fridge, too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Natural ketchup — preferably organic and low in sugar
  • Bourbon
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Fresh orange juice
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Dijon mustard
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Liquid smoke

Pop all of these ingredients in a medium sauce pan and stir until combined. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce the temperature to medium low, and simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

The sauce will thicken as it cools.

Barbecue Bourbon Burgers

Today, we are celebrating a woman that needs no introduction. I’ve admired her work ethic and drive for many years. She will captivate you with her warm energy, hilarious writing, and epic recipes – hello Adobo Shrimp Fajitas, Guacamole Buffalo Chicken Pizza, and Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken. She truly is one of a kind.

With that, I am excited to share a recipe from Jessica of How Sweet Eats brand spanking, wildly popular new cookbook, The Pretty Dish. This cookbook, my friends is an absolute gem. What I love above Jessica is her thoughtfulness. The cookbook has over 150 recipes that range from brunch to easy dinners to party themed bars (like build-your-own-pizza) to even a whole section on DIY. I can’t wait to try the vanilla bean rose scrub.

Truth: it was hard to decide which recipe to make. Bacon Egg Kimchi Tacos? I’ll take 27. Peach Panzanella Salad. Pass me a fork! And Cider Beergaritas? Better pour two. But I finally landed on these Barbecue Bourbon Burgers. My need for warmer weather is at an all time high and these burgers just might keep a girl from going stir crazy!

Picture a juicy burger patty packed with garlic, cheddar cheese, and barbecue sauce. Topped with barbecue ketchup and the piece de resistance, bourbon caramelized onions. I consider this burger a triple threat. If this doesn’t get rid of a Claire Danes cry face nothing will.

Congrats, Jessica! The Pretty Dish is beautiful and you should be so proud!

You can grab your copy here! Trust me, you’ll want to keep this cookbook with arms reach! Happy Cooking!

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Is there a condiment that your family just loves ….. something they use on everything? For my family, it’s BBQ Sauce, hands down. Not only do we use it for typical BBQ fare, but we use it as a dip for fries, in salad dressings, on eggs, as a pizza sauce ….. pretty much anything that is not dessert is fair game.

Although we have our favorite store bought BBQ Sauce, nothing compares to the taste of homemade. And y’all, you have no excuse not to make some because it is sooooo easy!! Trust me, you will want to make this because on Friday I am sharing a recipe that uses this Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce. I’ll be sharing a copycat version of Red Robin’s Whiskey River BBQ Burger! Talk about major yum factor!! Since its summer, you really should treat yourself to an amazing burger …. don’t ya think?! This sauce is best if it has time to chill out for about 12-24 hours – so plan ahead!

We love this Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce on just about anything! Chicken, ribs, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, as a dipping sauce for fries …. What do you love to put BBQ sauce on?

Honey and Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

The combination of Kentucky bourbon with honey results in a fantastic barbecue sauce—the sort that has been used in the South for longer than people can remember. It's a sweet, thick, tomato-based barbecue sauce that matches the Kansas City style. For those who are sensitive to the vinegar found in many types of barbecue sauce, it has no vinegar at all but uses a bit of Dijon mustard for tanginess.

This is a spicy sauce, using cayenne pepper and Tabasco for the heat. You can tone down the heat by reducing or eliminating those spices, or kick it up a notch by adding more.

Rather than using ketchup, as many recipes do, this one calls for tomato paste. This eliminates the additives, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup found in most commercially-produced ketchup. Tomato paste is inexpensive and it is easy to find organic tomato paste with the only ingredient being organic tomatoes.

However, you might find you miss some of the spices in ketchup. You can add that back in with jerk seasoning, which includes allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, and Scotch bonnet peppers.

My Staple BBQ Sauce Recipe

I believe that every cook should have a feather to put in their cap. Something they call their own. This is a recipe that I’ve tweaked and fine-tuned over the years. It is a Kansas City BBQ sauce-meets-Kentucky BBQ sauce. The classic Coke & Brown Sugar with a hint of Bourbon is really what sets this recipe off. It is the perfect blend of sweet, a little spice, and even a little smoke.

The next time you grill ribs, chicken, or even a tenderloin, you will have this in your arsenal. So, invite family and friends, and fire up that grill or smoker. I promise they’ll be impressed when you tell them you made this Kentucky BBQ sauce yourself!