Bacon BBQ Sauce

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: bbq, sauce

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  • 1/2 lb bacon, chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbl garlic, minced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup whiskey (Jack) or beef broth
  • 4 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbl dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp espresso powder or 1/2⁄2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbl Spice Rub *See Note

Spice Rub

  • 2 Tbl sea salt
  • 1 Tbl celery salt
  • 1 Tbl smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbl fresh black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 4 Tbl dark brown sugar


Make the Spice Rub

  1. Add the spice rub ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine. Cover tightly and set aside.
  2. You will have extra so store in an air-tight container.

Make the Bacon BBQ Sauce

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottom pot over medium heat, and add the bacon. Cook, stirring, until the bacon is browned and crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside. Remove all but 1 Tbl of bacon grease from the pot and discard.
  2. To the pan, add the onion, garlic, tomatoes, and 2 Tbl spice rub mix. Stir and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the onion begins to soften.
  3. Add remaining sauce ingredients (Worcestershire, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, dark brown sugar, espresso powder, honey and maple syrup) and bring to a low simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the stove and allow to cool. Transfer to a covered container (I prefer glass) and store it in the fridge.


The Spice Rub recipe makes more than what is called for in this recipe. I would recommend making a batch of it, measuring out what you need for the recipe, and then putting the rest in a jar with a lid for later.

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