Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce

If you love making your own barbecue sauce but are never sure which one to use; try this Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce for Beef, Pork, Chicken and Shrimp; it covers all the bases!!

Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce

I can not remember a year when I haven’t made all of my holiday gifts for friends (children are another story…they don’t want my food; they want stuff!). Although I try to make something new each year there are repeats by request. New for this year though is this Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce and I expect it will be coveted too.

In years past I’ve made this Limoncello and it’s always popular and often requested…my friends even make sure to get bottles back to me in hope of refills.

Though not a food item I have legions of fans who love this Wood Butter for cutting boards and wooden utensils as much as I do. Can’ t buy a new cutting board? Refresh it! I’ve got a couple of new favorites I’ll be sharing this week…and this sauce has been deemed good enough to be first!

Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce in a jar.

I have no doubt this barbecue sauce is going to create the same sensation. A bit of whiskey, some heat too; it’s been great on everything I’ve tried; chicken, beef, pork and shrimp…it’s even good straight from the spoon (of course I did!).

It was SO bitter cold last week that I just quickly seared some rib-eye on the grill, sliced it and then finished it inside on the stove; it was perfect, seriously.

One of my other favorite uses is adding a couple of spoonfuls to baked beans. I never just heat up a plain can of bean, preferring to saute an onion and add a bit extra seasoning to make them more special; this sauce has been my latest addition and it’s a good one too.

I used Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey because I had some but don’t limit yourself; use your brand and add a bit more honey for a similar result. They honey whiskey is actually a honey liqueur with whiskey added to it so it definitely brings a sweet component.

The folks making Sriracha Hot Sauce better get their act together because for some of us it’s a NECESSARY ingredient but if you don’t already have the red rooster or can’t find it; here’s a list on Wikipedia of other hot sauces you could consider!

Sweet, heat, a bit spicy; there is that booze business too…what can I say but this Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce for Beef, Pork, Chicken and Shrimp is oh SO good! A great gift for a cook or someone who loves to grill or what the heck, make it for yourself!

The ingredient list may seem long but the items are typically pantry staples you might already have including: (complete list and instructions at bottom of post)

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce (or your favorite)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp bacon drippings
  • 1 tsp dried espresso (or instant coffee; use a bit more)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper

If you like your sauces a bit hotter, just add more Sriracha, chipotle and/or cayenne pepper to your taste. It’s easy to make and so delicious…double the batch if you’re giving some away; you want to make sure there is plenty for YOU!

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Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce in a Jar

Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce in a jar.

Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce

A wonderful blend of sweet and savory with a touch of Jack Daniels, I think this Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Barbecue Sauce is pretty much the perfect barbecue sauce.
4.82 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 2 cups
Calories 195 kcal


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce or your favorite
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp bacon drippings
  • 1 tsp dried espresso or instant coffee; use a bit more
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper


  • Combine all glaze ingredients in a medium size saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes; stirring frequently with a wire whisk.


Nutrition Facts
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Barbecue Sauce
Serving Size
1 grams
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    1. If you mean the Jack Daniel’s product, I don’t know. Check with a local merchant who carries the regular Jack Daniel’s products, they might be able to help.

    1. It is so good! I just make sure to have a jar all season long; we’ll use it on anything, even grilled veggies!

  1. Can this be used as a marinade by not simmering it in the saucepan, but instead pouring it into a bag with the steaks? If not, then how about used as a glaze for bbq steaks?

    1. Sure you can use it as a marinade but if it were me? I would warm up the ingredients first and let them cool allowing the sugar and spices to meld better. Do the same thing to use as a glaze. Hope that helps…enjoy!

  2. Does it make a huge difference if I leave out the bacon drippings and hot sauce?

    Also, what is liquid smoke?

    1. If those aren’t things you prefer then leave them out. The hot sauce doesn’t really make it hot but it really is your call. Liquid Smoke is a condiment that adds a smoky flavor to the sauce, typically found in the grocery aisle where you find ketchup and barbecue sauces. Again, personal preference but I do like it! 🙂

  3. Oh, this looks fabulous, Barb! My hubby loves barbecue sauce, so I’ll have to give it a try for him. Perhaps we’ll have this as a part of our Father’s Day picnic in a few weeks. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

    1. It lasted in my fridge for a couple of weeks; we went through it too fast to worry about spoilage; the alcohol does serve as a bit of a preservative. I’m not a canning expert; I would think it could be canned but I can not say for certain; maybe search for a canning resource and pose your question?

    1. What I did was briefly grill it; maybe 2 minutes per side. Then I brought it inside and let it rest a bit; then sliced it and finished it in a skillet with a bit of olive oil. I can better suit those who actually prefer a less rare piece that way; I just cook theirs a bit longer in the skillet and the others still get rare. Works for everyone!

  4. What lucky folks to receive a jar of this sauce, Barb! Homemade gifts are the best and you are spoiling your friends and family well. This one’s going on my to-make list, too. I have some hangar steak calling out to be slathered and this sounds divine. 🙂

    1. Usually it would be a question of cutting vinegar in a recipe but several items in this recipe could be making it taste too tangy for you Vicki. Since my taste doesn’t experience that, it’s sort of guesswork but for future reference, maybe cut the vinegar to 1 tsp or eliminate entirely and possibly cut back on the espresso, ketchup or hot sauce. All of those have some acidity and could contribute. In the meantime I suggest adding a bit more sugar to taste (start with 1 Tablespoon) and cooking it on low for a bit longer; both should help to mellow out the flavor more.

  5. Oh thanks for the reminder– I meant to make the wood butter last year and didn’t get to it. Maybe there is still time this week? This sauce sounds wonderful. I am giving my brother-in-law bbq grill accessories and I might have to make this sauce to take along too.

  6. We give mainly food gifts to adults, too. Everyone has too much stuff. We certainly don’t want more! Anyway, super sauce – great flavor. I *think* I read somewhere that the Sriracha folks had a solution and were working to implement it, but I won’t swear to that. Good post – thanks.

    1. I hope so; I am one who does always have the rooster in my fridge John. And yes…everyone I know has stuff; the food is appreciated; even anticipated and I find the making of gifts way more fun than shopping. Win win for all right?

  7. omg omg swooning! That sauce looks fabbbbulous and look at those ingredients! So worth my buying a bottle of Jack Daniels for this. It’ll keep ya warm in the winter, too.

    1. I love that booze; made fabulous cupcakes and frosting and now this. I have yet to use it for a cocktail though…come on over and that will change. 🙂

  8. Oh gosh, I do love homemade bbq sauce. I’ve got a favorite recipe that I talked a friend out of years ago, but it would be nice to change things up and give this a try. It looks delicious.

    1. I’m trying to clean out the fridge a bit so used the last of it last night for stir fry even! Now I need to talk you out of your favorite. Only fair right? 🙂

    1. See, if you were my neighbor I would fill the jar! The jars and bottle are the most pricey part of the gift; I always appreciate them being returned.

      1. I thank you for this concoction. It is like crack cocaine in my house. Some guests we just eating the sauce.

        Thank you again.


        1. Thanks for the chuckle…I SO get that and thanks for taking the time to let me know; always makes my day! 🙂

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