Lip-Smacking Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce Recipe

Ladies and gentlemen, gather ’round the fire and lend me your ears. Your ol’ buddy Mark Twain is here to share with you a recipe that’ll knock your socks off! That’s right, today I’m going to teach you how to whip up some of the best Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce you’ve ever tasted.

Now, I know y’all folks from the South take your barbecue mighty seriously. And rightly so! There’s something about slow-cooking meat over a smoky fire that just can’t be beat. But what separates a good barbecue from a great one is the sauce. And let me tell you, this Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce recipe is comfort food at its finest.

This sauce is rich, sweet, tangy, and has just a little kick of heat to it. It’s perfect for slathering on ribs, pulled pork, chicken – you name it! The combination of flavors is so comforting; it’ll make you feel like you’re sittin’ on the front porch of an old Southern plantation.

But don’t just take my word for it. Give this recipe a try and taste for yourself what true Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce is all about. So grab your aprons and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce
Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce

Folks, let me tell you about the comfort and joy that comes from a good southern-style barbecue sauce, and this recipe is no exception. This Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce Recipe is truly something special, and I’m not just blowing hot air.

First off, the combination of sweet brown sugar, tangy apple cider vinegar, and spicy mustard is enough to make your taste buds do a little jig. Mixed with a killer combination of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and bacon- yes, you heard that right, bacon-y’all get a warm hug of flavors from the very first bite.

But what sets this comforting BBQ sauce apart is the addition of Southern Comfort. You can’t get more southern than that! The warmth of that smooth whiskey shines through without being overpowering or too boozy.

This recipe is versatile too. It can be used to elevate pulled pork, ribs or chicken on game day or topped on grilled veggies for a weeknight dinner. You can even add a dash of hot sauce if you’re feeling sassy.

Trust me when I say this recipe will have you dreaming of summertime barbecues and family cookouts all year round. So gather ’round y’all and dig in!

Ingredient List

 Meet your new BBQ best friend: Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce!
Meet your new BBQ best friend: Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce!

Let’s take a look at the southern comfort BBQ sauce recipe ingredients you will need to whip up this comforting BBQ sauce.

The Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup (Great Value, if possible)
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar (Creole Cider is great)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 lb diced bacon
  • 2 cups diced sweet onion
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay
  • 1 1/2 cups Southern Comfort (Charley Southern Comfort is the best southern comfort)

This may look like a long list of ingredients, but don’t worry! You’ve got this. These are all easy-to-find and add great flavor to this homemade BBQ sauce.

The Recipe How-To

 Pour on some southern charm with this delicious BBQ sauce.
Pour on some southern charm with this delicious BBQ sauce.

Now let’s get to the most exciting part of this southern comfort BBQ sauce recipe: how to make it! With simple ingredients and easy steps, you’ll have a delicious sauce that will complement your meats in no time.

Recipe Instructions:
Step 1: Cook the bacon

Start by cooking 4 lbs of diced bacon in a pan over medium heat until golden brown. Rendered bacon adds a smoky flavor that gives depth to the sauce. Remove the cooked bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set them aside.

Step 2: Sauté onion

In the same pan with reserved bacon grease, sauté 2 cups of diced sweet onion until they are soft and translucent. This will give the sauce a sweet-savory base that enhances its flavor.

Step 3: Add brown sugar and seasonings

Sprinkle 4 cups of brown sugar, 1 tbsp of Old Bay, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper into the mixture. Stir well and let simmer for about five minutes. The result is a deep, rich sweetness that complements any type of meat.

Step 4: Combine liquid ingredients

Next, add 2 cups of ketchup, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of Worcestershire sauce, ¼ cup of soy sauce, and 3 tablespoons of Charley Southern Gold hot sauce to the mixture. Make sure you stir thoroughly to combine all ingredients.

Step 5: Simmer the mixture

Allow the whole mixture to simmer on low heat for about an hour. Stir frequently to avoid sticking. You can adjust the thickness by adding water or reducing it down more depending on your preference.

Step 6: Add Southern Comfort!

Finally, remove from heat and mix in 1 cup of Southern Comfort. The alcohol cooks off during the process, and you’re left with a sauce that gives true southern comfort to any meat.

That’s it! You now have a delicious and comforting BBQ sauce that will be the star of any cookout. Enjoy it on chicken, ribs, or pulled pork, and experience the best Southern flavor.

Substitutions and Variations

 Spice it up with some Southern heat in every bite.
Spice it up with some Southern heat in every bite.

Now, if you’re among those folks who are feeling a bit adventurous or looking to put your own spin on this comfort BBQ recipe, then have no fear, amigo! Here are some substitutions and variations that’ll help you get creative with this southern-style sauce.

For starters, if you want a tangier or more acidic kick to your BBQ sauce, try swapping out the apple cider vinegar for white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar.

If you’re having trouble finding Southern Comfort in your area or just don’t want an alcohol-based ingredient in your sauce, try substituting it with a non-alcoholic version of Southern Comfort or simply omitting it altogether.

But wait, there’s more! For a smokier flavor profile, add a teaspoon or two of liquid smoke or swap out the vegetable oil for a hickory-smoked oil.

If you’re not fond of pork bacon, turkey or Beef-based bacon will do just fine. Also, if you’re not keen on the spiciness of the hot sauce, you can cut back on it by using mild hot sauce instead.

For a sweeter version, increase the amount of brown sugar by half a cup; and for a savory twist add 3/4 tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning! Trust me; this classic seasoning will do wonders to your taste buds.

Hey partner; remember that barbeque is all about making great-tasting food that satisfies wide cravings while accommodating while trying multiple variations. Nonetheless, with these substitutions and variations at your disposal. It is up to you to make the best southern comfort BBQ sauce as per what embodies the tag “your taste”.

Serving and Pairing

 Whether it’s burgers, chicken or ribs, this BBQ sauce is the perfect companion.
Whether it’s burgers, chicken or ribs, this BBQ sauce is the perfect companion.

Alright y’all, it’s time to talk about serving and pairing options for this comforting BBQ sauce. First off, let me tell you that this sauce goes with just about anything under the southern sun! From pulled pork to ribs to chicken, the possibilities are endless!

If you’re feeling fancy and want to impress your guests, try pairing this sauce with some southern gold cornbread or collard greens. The sweet and tangy flavor of this sauce will complement the savory notes of these classic southern dishes perfectly.

If you’re more in the mood for something a bit lighter, try serving this sauce with some grilled vegetables or as a dipping sauce for sweet potato fries. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for this delicious combo of flavors.

Now, if you really want to take things up a notch, try pairing this BBQ sauce with one of my favorite drinks – an ice-cold glass of Southern Comfort whiskey! The combination of the two comforting flavors is simply unbeatable.

So go ahead y’all, grab those plates and get ready to indulge in some seriously good eats! Just remember to save some room for seconds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Bring the taste of the South to your backyard with Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce.
Bring the taste of the South to your backyard with Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce.

Now that you’ve made your delicious southern comfort BBQ sauce, you might want to know how to preserve it so you can enjoy it for days to come. Thankfully, this sauce is easily stored, and reheats well.

If you’re planning on serving your BBQ sauce at a more significant event or party, it’s best to create the sauce ahead of time. This will allow the flavors to meld together, giving you a more balanced taste. The comforting BBQ sauce can be made up to five days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

If you’ve got some extra barbecue sauce remaining, there are ways you can store it for longer accessibility. This recipe yields about4 cups of sauce, which could last for up to 2 weeks in the fridge when stored correctly.

For long-term storage of your comforting BBQ sauce, freezing is an excellent option. First, make sure that the sauce cools completely before placing it in a labeled freezer-safe plastic bag or container while following standard room temperature preservation precautions. Your container shouldn’t be completely filled with barbecue sauce- Leave some space for expansion during freezing.

Suppose you need a quick dinner but don’t want to go through the process of creating the perfect BBQ from scratch. In that case, this comforting BBQ sauce will no longer limit drinking sessions down with a hearty platter of pulled pork, chicken, ribs or Maurice’s BBQ sandwiches – as you will have some pre-made Southern comfort BBQ sauce ready for you!

To reheat your stored barbecue sauce – Whether refrigerated or frozen – simply remove it from its package and heat it over low heat or even microwaving it to warm it up gently.

The comforting BBQ sauce recipe is perfect for barbecues; now all that’s left is to find some company and each other!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Sweet and tangy with a kick of heat, this BBQ sauce is finger-licking good!
Sweet and tangy with a kick of heat, this BBQ sauce is finger-licking good!

Now that you have your ingredients ready and are eager to make your Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce, let me share a few tips with you that will ensure the perfect results you are looking for.

Firstly, remember to keep stirring the sauce quite often when it’s in the pan. This will ensure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Trust me, burnt sauce does not taste good.

Secondly, if you want your sauce to have a smoky flavor without adding liquid smoke, try grilling or smoking whatever meats you plan on putting the sauce on and then use those drippings as part of the base for your sauce.

Thirdly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of this recipe. Add in ingredients that may not seem traditional like honey or bourbon to give it a unique spin.

Fourthly, when adding salt to the recipe, start with a small amount and add more as needed. Many of the other ingredients have quite a bit of salt already in them, and you don’t want your sauce to end up too salty.

Fifthly, consider using fresh herbs instead of dried ones for a richer flavor profile. Bay leaves specifically can be swapped out for fresh bay leaves which will provide an even better taste.

Lastly, be patient! Letting the sauce simmer for a little longer is always better than rushing it. It allows all of the flavors to really meld together and create the best Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce you’ve ever tasted.

With these tips in mind, you are well on your way to making an excellent comforting BBQ sauce that’ll take any dish from amateur hour to southern gold.

Bottom Line

And there you have it, folks! A lip-smacking, finger-licking good recipe for Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce that will take your taste buds on a ride to remember. I guarantee that this sauce will become your go-to for all your BBQ needs. With its perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors, this BBQ sauce will elevate any meat to Southern gold.

So go ahead, fire up that grill and let’s get cooking. With the easy-to-follow recipe and helpful tips I’ve shared with you, you’ll be whipping up batches of comforting BBQ sauce like a pro in no time.

Trust me, once you try this Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce recipe, you’ll never look back. It’s the perfect blend of comfort and flavor, and it’s sure to leave you and your taste buds feeling beyond satisfied.

So what are you waiting for? Get cookin’ y’all!

Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce

Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups approx
Calories 488.7 kcal


  • 1/4 lb diced bacon
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
  • 28 ounces ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Southern Comfort
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Saute bacon until crisp. add onions, cook until onions are transparent.
  • add all other ingredients, except Southern Comfort.
  • Cook 20 minutes and remove from heat, THEN Add Southern Comfort.
  • use on whatever your are grilling, refreidgerate unsed portions.

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Serving: 1287gCalories: 488.7kcalCarbohydrates: 81.5gProtein: 7.1gFat: 13.7gSaturated Fat: 4.4gCholesterol: 19.3mgSodium: 2879.6mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 73.8g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Sauces
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