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 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup whiskey (Jack) or beef broth
  • 4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder or 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon Spice Rub *See Note

Spice Rub

  • 2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 4 tablespoon 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 tablespoon of bacon grease from the pot and discard.
  2. To the pan, add the onion, garlic, tomatoes, and 2 tablespoon spice rub mix. Stir and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the onion begins to soften.
  3. Add remaining sauce ingredients (whiskey/broth, Worcestershire, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, dark brown sugar, espresso powder, honey and maple syrup) and bring to a low simmer. Add the cooked bacon; stir. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the stove and allow to cool if leaving chunky. If you want it smooth, use an immersion blender to smooth. 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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