Four Roses "Ode to an Old Fashioned" BBQ Sauce
Recipe type: BBQ Sauce
Cuisine: BBQ
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Serves: 2 pints
This sauce combines elements of the Old Fashioned cocktail with a classic sweet BBQ sauce to offer a sweet and tangy flavor profile with a touch of heat and complexity.
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1½ cups frozen sweet black cherries
  • 1 cup Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ medium sweet yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  1. In a sauce pot, melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until the onions have sweated (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the ketchup, bourbon, maple syrup, and bitters. Stir / whisk until evenly incorporated.
  3. Add the brown sugar, cherries, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir/whisk until evenly incorporated.
  4. Reduce heat so that the sauce simmers. Simmer for approximately 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool for up to 30 minutes.
  6. Once cooled, blend the sauce together in a blender.
Recipe by Big Wayner's BBQ Blog at