The secret to the best tasting barbecue sauce is in your glass

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Craving the best tasting barbecue sauce? Look in your glass for a secret ingredient.

From grill masters to backyard chefs, everyone can make the best tasting barbecue sauce. While a homemade barbecue sauce can be made from scratch or can be semi-homemade, the point is to think beyond the store bought bottle. More importantly, that beverage that you enjoy sipping while enjoying that tasty barbecue meal could be the secret to the best tasting barbecue sauce.

Sometimes a recipe needs a flavor boost. While some people choose to use bold spices or fresh herbs to enhance flavor, other ingredients work well, too. That favorite beverage could be the secret to the best tasting barbecue sauce.

Looking through various recipes, there are all types of beverage influenced recipes. From colas flavoring a beef roast to apple cider in a pork recipe to even that classic beer can chicken, beverages can add nuanced flavors to many dishes. Why can’t a great beverage be used in a barbecue sauce recipe?

Many whiskey drinkers enjoy pairing a great whiskey with barbecue or grilled foods. The combination of smoky flavors can enhance the flavor enjoyment. From sweet notes to the touch of char, the layer of flavors makes each bite even more enjoyable.

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The Proper Whiskey Barbecue Sauce, photo provided by Proper 12 /

Here’s how to make the Proper Whiskey Barbecue Sauce.


  • 1/2 cup Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 3 cups Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce


  • Bring it to a boil in a sauce pot. Let it simmer for 20 minutes. Serve.

Thinking about this Proper No 12 barbecue sauce, it could pair with a variety of recipes. From some slow cooked ribs to even barbecue chicken, the options are many.

Plus, the touch of heat from the hot pepper sauce can be customized to your flavor preference. From a intense spice to a smoky option, this ingredient could add some variety to the barbecue sauce depending on the dish.

While whiskey drinkers might like the whiskey influenced barbecue sauce, it isn’t the only beverage infused option. That favorite beer can be a great flavor enhancer, too.

Elysian Contact Haze has created a great glaze that is grilling perfection. While the beer is the perfect beverage to sip and relax on a hot summer day, the beer works quite well in the best tasting barbecue sauce.

Here’s how to make Elysian Contact Haze Honey Lime Ginger Apricot Glaze.


  • 3 apricots, pitted, halved and small dice
  • ½ oz grated ginger
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 ea lime zest
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup Contact Haze


Over medium low heat, cook apricot, ginger and shallot until paste. Then add lime, honey and Contact Haze. Bring to a boil and cool. Use as meat basting while grilling.

The Honey Lime Ginger Apricot Glaze offers a sweet, spicy and bright flavor. The layers of flavor create a that makes you come back bite after bite.

Thinking about this tasty barbecue sauce, the flavors would work extremely on chicken or even pork. The slight hoppiness with the touch of sweet works with quite well.

If you are looking for the best tasting barbecue sauce, your favorite beverage could be that secret ingredient. What are you waiting for? Plus, you have a great beverage to enjoy while cooking. That scenario is definitely a win, win.

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Do you have a barbecue secret that you can share? Does it involve your favorite beverage?