Bourbon Jalapeño BBQ Sauce

by Christina Meyer-Jax, Tastemaker in Residence



3-4 jalapeno peppers, diced

1 medium purple onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, chopped (or 1-2 Tablespoons chopped)

1 tsp olive oil

1 cup ketchup

½ cup apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp Cholula Sauce

1 Tbsp ground mustard

2 Tbsp red chili powder

3 Tbsps honey

4 Tbsp bourbon

¼ cup brown sugar

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. On medium heat, in a large saucepan, cook olive oil with onion and peppers for about 5 minutes (until soften).

  2. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute.

  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir

  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 15-20 minutes.

  5. Take off heat and allow to cool slightly.

  6. Strain into a storage container (ideally glass mason jars). Can be used right away, or stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  7. Perfect to use as a marinade for beef, chicken, or pork. Can also be used as a sauce or glaze after grilling.