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Fresh, summer peaches, rich bourbon, and a few other simple ingredients are simmered together to create this deliciously flavorful BBQ Sauce! Whether you’re cooking for a potluck, cookout, block party or family grill night, this Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce is always a crowd pleasing favorite.
By now I’m sure y’all know that I am a huge fan of seasonal produce, I love going to the farmers market to pick out the freshest fruits and veggies. I ended up with some fresh peaches that I wasn’t sure what to do with, until I realized that it’s just what I needed to kick up my grilling game!
Homemade BBQ sauces are really not that hard to make, since most recipes start with the same basic ingredients. This Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce builds on those tried and true methods, adding layers of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. You can really taste every ingredient in this recipe, from the heat of the chili powder and smoked paprika, to the savory flavor of the onions and garlic.
If you love to grill and you’re looking for new ways to liven up grilled chicken, beef, or pork, then this is the recipe for you! With just a few simple fresh ingredients, a little culinary magic, and of course bourbon, you can serve this mouthwatering BBQ sauce that’s sure to be a family favorite for years to come.
Ingredients Needed To Make Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce
- Canola Oil
- Onion – minced finely
- Garlic – minced finely
- Chili Powder
- Smoked Paprika
- Dijon Mustard
- Brown Sugar
- Peaches – finely chopped
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Black Pepper
How To Make Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce
Begin by heating your oil in a heavy bottom cast iron skillet. Add onion and sauté until golden and translucent. Stir garlic into the sauteed onions and cook for 1 minute, then add chili powder and smoked paprika. Cook for an additional 2 minutes or until garlic becomes fragrant, then remove pan from heat.
In a small bowl, whisk together bourbon, mustard and ketchup. Slowly add ketchup mixture to the skillet of onions and gently mix together, then place skillet back over heat and continue to stir.
Add the brown sugar and honey to your skillet and stir until mixture is well combined. Pour your peaches into the BBQ sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes before adding the apple cider vinegar and black pepper.
Turn the heat down to low and let BBQ sauce simmer for 20 minutes, you can add water in at this stage if you desire a thinner sauce. After 20 minutes, you can either use the sauce or store it to enjoy later.
People Often Ask…
The answer is yes, the alcohol in this sauce will completely cook off after being simmered low and slow. Once the liquor cooks off, you’re left with a fantastic smokey bourbon flavor but the sauce is completely fine to serve to kids!
This is a great question, it’s always important to know when a homemade sauce goes bad. Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and it will keep for up to 3 weeks.
What To Serve With Peachy Bourbon BBQ Sauce
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- Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup minced onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ⅓ cup bourbon
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 ½ cup finely chopped peaches
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- dash black pepper
- Heat oil in cast iron or heavy bottom pan. Add onion and cook on medium until golden. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add chili powder and smoked paprika and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Mix in a small bowl, mix together bourbon, mustard and ketchup. Take pan off heat and slowly stir in ketchup mixture. Place back on heat and continue to stir.
- Add in brown sugar and honey. Stir to blend. Gently pour in peaches. Cook all ingredients for 5 minutes. Add cider vinegar and pepper.
- Turn down heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. *Add water if a thinner sauce is desired.
- Use on chicken, pork or shrimp. Can be store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.