A basic BBQ sauce recipe, I make the base with no hot ingredients so it can be used in a variety of recipes. If you want to kick it up for a particular use, just add your favorite fire enhancers. You can also eliminate the bourbon, if it’s not your thing. Also, depending on the tomato sauce and paste you used, you may need to adjust the sweet and or salt content to your tastes. This base should be a slightly tangy, slightly sweet, and very tomato-y. It will also be very thick, you can use water or even a nice pale ale to thin the sauce, if desired.

Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 4 oz bourbon
  • 6 oz distilled vinegar
  • 1 oz rice wine vinegar
  • 1 oz soy sauce or 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 oz Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared (in a bottle) yellow mustard
  • 4 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon mild chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin



  • Stir all ingredients in a saucepan
  • Heat on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until well mixed
  • Allow to cool, and pour into a suitable container
  • Will keep at least 2 weeks refrigerated