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21 July 2014

A sweet and tangy barbecue sauce recipe made with jalapeno peppers, bourbon, honey and more.

I enjoy making quick, small batches of barbecue sauce all summer long. I like a variety so most of the time I begin working with a simple base recipe and work in new ingredients from there. As I enjoy a bit of sweet and mild heat with my grilled salmon, I incorporated jalapeno peppers and honey this time around and greatly enjoyed the resulting barbecue sauce. It is difficult to go wrong with jalapeno peppers and a bit of honey.

Try some on my recipe for Jalapeno Cornbread.

Jalapeno-Honey-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

A sweet and tangy barbecue sauce recipe made with jalapeno peppers, bourbon, honey and more.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 192 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons bourbon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat a large saucepan to medium heat and add olive oil with onion and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes, or until everything softens.
  2. Add the garlic and cook another minute, until garlic becomes fragrant.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is combined.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes.
  5. Strain into a storage container. You can serve this right away, or let it sit awhile to allow the flavors to more fully develop.
Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno-Honey-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 584mg24%
Potassium 312mg9%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1045IU21%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. can I do something else instead of the ketchup ? I try to use mostly home grown but, I don

    This sounds yummy

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Yes, use tomato sauce instead of ketchup, or fresh tomatoes. You may want to adjust some of the sweet if you’d like.

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