Director of Culinary at Hard Rock Cincinnati creates a Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Updated: Jul. 4, 2020 at 4:56 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) -Director of Culinary at Hard Rock Cincinnati, Jeff Braun, creates a delicious “Bourbon and Brown Sugar” barbecue sauce perfect for any barbecue item this holiday weekend.


  • 2 ounces yellow onion
  • 1 ounce garlic
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 4 ounces apple cider vinegar
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 4 ounces water
  • 12 ounces ketchup
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 ounces molasses
  • kosher salt to taste


Start with A medium sauce pan over medium high heat.

  • Sweat the onions and garlic in oil.
  • Add the dried seasonings and cook for 30 seconds until aromatic.
  • Deglaze with the cider vinegar, bourbon and apple cider.
  • Whisk to incorporate the seasoning.
  • Add the ketchup, brown sugar and molasses.
  • Bring to a simmer and allow to cook very low heat for one hour.
  • Check and stir frequently to ensure no sticking and burning.
  • Remove from the heat and chill.
  • Adjust seasoning with kosher salt once chilled.
  • Serve with your favorite barbecue items: ribs, wings, crispy tenders, etc.
Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati's bourbon and brown sugar barbecue on a juicy burger.
Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati's bourbon and brown sugar barbecue on a juicy burger.(For WXIX use only)

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