Whiskey Peach Barbecue Sauce

January 16, 2018

Whiskey Peach Barbecue Sauce is a tingly, sweet, flavor punch for your mouth. Slather this sauce liberally all over smoked chicken, low and slow BBQ ribs, or even use it as a dipping sauce for anything and everything.

Whiskey Peach BBQ Sauce Recipe

How to Make Whiskey Peach Barbecue Sauce:

The key to all great barbecue sauces is a great balanced blend of sweet, savory, with a little punch of spice. This whiskey peach barbecue sauce gets the perfect amount of sweetness from peach preserves and a kiss of brown sugar, savory notes from the whiskey, and the perfect blend of spice from the homemade Sweet Barbecue Rub.

Pro-Tip: I believe all homemade barbecue sauces are better the next day. Make your sauce a day in advance, cool completely and then transfer to an air tight container. Keep in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 8 hours) to let all of those tasty flavors mellow together. It creates a much more cohesive and delicious sauce. My favorite sauce containers are these wide mouth glass canning jars. Perfect for storing in the fridge or even giving as gifts.

homemade whiskey peach barbecue sauce recipe

Ingredient Substitutions:

If you wanted to switch up the flavors in this sauce or you needed to substitute some of the ingredients, I thought I’d give you a few ideas to make this your own. You can easily swap the whiskey for bourbon, or if you wanted to skip the alcohol all together I recommend using apple juice. If you’re not into (or can’t find) peach preserves, this sauce works great with apricot jam, apple jelly, or even orange marmalade. Each of those will add different flavors to the barbecue sauce, but should have the right consistency and sweetness to make delicious sauce!

Not sure if you know this, but I am actually quite the homemade sauce connoisseur. I’ve got a handful of other sauce recipes in addition to this whiskey peach barbecue sauce recipe on my site, so if you feel like browsing around just click on the images below to check them out!

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Whiskey peach BBQ sauce in a glass mason jar next to a white bowl of fresh peaches.

Whiskey Peach BBQ Sauce

Whiskey Peach Barbecue Sauce is a tingly, sweet, flavor punch for your mouth.
4.94 from 16 votes
Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 25 mins
Total Time : 8 hrs 30 mins
Servings : 2 cups


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup peach preserves
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey’s Sweet BBQ Rub (link in recipe notes)


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent anything from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cool completely and transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate overnight for the best flavor and then use liberally on grilled or smoked chicken, pork, and fish.
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51 thoughts on “Whiskey Peach Barbecue Sauce

  1. Did not have any peach preserves on hand, but hey just a fyi peach puree(homemade baby food) was a pretty good substitute. It just wasn’t as thick at first

  2. What do you think about using homemade grape jelly in this? I have several friends who eat grape jelly on fried deer meat so I always make extra for them. I’ve never tried it myself, I usually make some chanterelle gravy..my favorite. I kinda think it would be good!

  3. I’ll be making a batch soon. I’m going to just use fresh peaches though and see how it turns out.

  4. Just made this but a little different. I doubled the basic recipe but did not use the peach preserves. I substituted the molasses with homemade maple syrup. I also added a half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. And I used bourbon set of whiskey. It came out great the basic recipe is perfect. We loved it on the lollipop chicken legs. What a great recipe that was!

  5. Great recipe. Had a little trouble find Peach juice. Found White grape peach juice. Wish I read the comment about the peach whiskey.

  6. We won 1st place in our Community Rib-Off last year with the sauce an Rub ! Thank you! Used my home made peach preserves and bourbon Delicious!
    Just made a quart of sauce today for next Saturday Competition. Hope to win again !

    1. I usually season the ribs wth salt, pepper and garlic powder. Should I use the rub instead? Thought it might be too strong. Please advise !

  7. I usually season the ribs wth salt, pepper and garlic powder. Should I use the rub instead? Thought it might be too strong. Please advise !

  8. I usually season the ribs wth salt, pepper and garlic powder. Should I use the rub instead? Thought it might be too strong. Please advise !

  9. Hey, these look fantastic I have tried these before and they came out very good. For the alcohol try some Crown salted caramel just awesome .
    Thanks Robin love your shows have learned a lot

  10. I’ve made a home made bbq sauce for years. Thought I’d try something new and cane across your recipe. Made this using my homemade Palisade peach jam. Wow! I think thus is my new favorite! Thank you!

  11. Doubled the recipe and went a little heavier on the whiskey (never a bad thing!). I also added 2 seeded and finely diced jalapenos. I then let it simmer for about 40-45 minutes, adding whiskey if it was too thick.

  12. Small world.. Asking for help with finding a tasty Peach Whiskey for this BBQ sauce at the State Liquor store and this lady showed me a bottle of Porter’s Peach Whiskey, made in Ogden, UT. As we headed to the cash register, she asked what I was cooking.. I told her I was smoking a Pork Tenderloin and found this BBQ recipe on Hey Grill Hey.. She looked at me and said, I know exactly what recipe you are making, as she was on the Hey Grill Hey site and made this exact BBQ sauce.. She stated I had the perfect Peach Whiskey to use as she has made this sauce with the same Whiskey. I used this sauce on a smoke pork belly and Pork Tenderloin… Unbelievable!!
    My wife no longer wants to cook meat on Sunday. My job from now on!!

  13. Excellent recipe!! I never find any tasty store sauces and this was my first shot at a make at home sauce. So tasty! Used our homemade peach jalapeño preserves which gave the sauce a nice little kick. Excellent on pulled pork.

    1. I usually say up to a week just to be on the safe side. Check the expiration of all of the individual ingredients and use that as a guideline.

  14. How long will it take me to cook a 6lb chicken at like 170 I’m getting told 12 hours so only from somebody that has actually done this please respond and help me out I got a char grill smoker with the side box I’m having trouble getting passed 170 even with dampers open and 2 chimneys worth of charcoal. But just how long will it take to cook at that temp cuz I’m trying to do this recipe tomorrow b4 I can fix my heat problem if it’s to long I’ll just throw some coal in the cooking chamber

    1. It will take a long time and will potentially be pretty dry. I would do whatever you could to get the temp up around 275.

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