Bacon BBQ Sauce

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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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)
  • 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 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


  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottom pot over medium heat, and add the bacon.
  2. Cook, stirring, until the bacon is browned and crispy.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, tomato, and 2 Tbl spice rub mix and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the onion begins to soften.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, and bring to a low simmer.
  5. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the stove and allow to cool.
  7. Transfer to a covered container (I prefer glass) and store 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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