Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Photographs: Joshua Bousel

Peach is front and center in this tangy, sweet, and spicy barbecue sauce, which gets some extra depth thanks to a shot of bourbon.

Recipe Details

Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Active 25 mins
Total 45 mins
Serves 24 servings
Makes 3 cups


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet onion (about 1/2 large)

  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic (about 1 medium clove)

  • 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped peeled fresh peaches (about 1 pound of whole peaches)

  • 3/4 cup ketchup

  • 1/2 cup bourbon

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon habanero hot sauce, plus more to taste

  • Kosher salt


  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. Add peaches, ketchup, bourbon, brown sugar, vinegar, honey, molasses, mustard, Worcestershire, and hot sauce and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until peaches have softened and sauce has slightly thickened, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Puree sauce with an immersion blender, or transfer sauce to the jar of a regular blender, and process until smooth. Season with salt and additional hot sauce to taste. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
44 Calories
1g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 44
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 109mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)