Since my son-in-law and his friends just love Fireball Cinnamon Flavored Whisky, my daughter thought a Fireball Whisky Barbecue Sauce would taste amazing on ribs. She experimented and came up with this outstanding sauce recipe. This barbecue sauce was so good that everyone was licking their fingers! This is a definite “10+” recipe.
This sauce is excellent on both pork and chicken. Slather on your meat before and after grilling for best flavor experience. If you prefer a spicier flavor to your sauce, you can also add some chile peppers while the sauce is cooking to kick up the heat!
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 1/2 onion, diced 4 cloves of garlic, minced 3/4 cup Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey* 2 cups Ketchup 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper flakes 1 teaspoon Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (optional)**
* Can substitute another brand of cinnamon whiskey.
** Hot sauce will give more of a sweet and spicy flavor to sauce. If you want to increase the spicy heat add 1 teaspoon at a time to taste
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and tilt sauce pan until bottom is coated with oil. Add onion and garlic and sautfor a couple minutes until onions are translucent. Pour in the Fireball Whiskey and stir together to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 10 minutes (the onions should become soft).
While the onions, garlic, and whiskey are simmering, in a medium bowl combine the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce. Stir to combine.
When the onions have finished cooking in the whiskey, add the sauce mixture and stir together. Turn the heat back up to medium high and bring back to a boil. Once the barbecue sauce is boiling again, turn the heat back down to medium-low and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Taste the sauce and salt and pepper to taste. If you would like the sauce a little sweeter, then add 1 tablespoon at a time of brown sugar. If you prefer a spicier heat, then add 1 teaspoon of hot sauce at a time.
Store any unused barbecue sauce in airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.