Homemade Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce

Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauce

Oh my gosh! Last week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas was an incredible race to watch. Well, it was awesome if you were a Kasey Kahne fan, like myself, or a Matt Kenseth fan. Kasey Kahne dominated the race leading 114 laps of the 267 lap race and finished 2nd. While I wanted Kahne to win sooo badly, I’m happy for Kenseth for winning on his 41st birthday and happy that Kahne went from 31st in points to 14th. Let’s keep the ball rolling!

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This weekend’s upcoming race is at Bristol Motor Speedway. So I was excited that this meant BBQ for this week’s edition of Sprint Cup Snacks! But guess what. I don’t really know Bristol so I don’t know what kind of BBQ they enjoy in that area of the state. See, Bristol and Memphis are no where near each other. They reside on opposite ends of the state, a decent 500 mile car drive. So I felt a little weird making Memphis baby back ribs, which is how I came to making a whiskey based  BBQ sauce. I love Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey!!!

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The moment I saw these Jack Daniels Baby Back Ribs I knew that I had to make the BBQ sauce. Oh my gosh loving all the recipes on Czech in the Kitchen but let’s stay focused on this BBQ sauce. I had never made BBQ sauce before so I liked the aspect of learning something new. And let me tell you a secret… it’s so easy and so good. Plus as the sauce cooked it filled our house up with such a good rich whiskey and hickory from the liquid smoke.

Enjoy this Homemade Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce this weekend or throughout the summer on chicken, ribs, pulled pork, or burgers. It’s quick to make and tastes so fantastic!

Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce

Makes 2 cups


  • 1 white onion, diced
  • ½ bulb of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup whiskey, preferably Jack Daniel’s
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3  cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke,
  • ½ teaspoon each aalt and pepper


  1. In a saucepan, combine the diced onions, garlic, and whiskey. Simmer over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until onions are soft. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for about a half hour. 
  3. Blend the sauce together with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender. Place the sauce in jars.


{Sprint Cup Snacks Track Facts}

Bristol Motor speedway was built in 1961, and is the 4th largest sports venue in America, and the 8th largest in the world. This allows 165,000 people to watch is known drivers rip around the short track. Because the track is so small there are 2 pit lanes because the 43 cars can’t fit all on 1 side. As well, because the track is much shorter than the super speedways, the cars don’t go as fast, which not all fan enjoy. It can be quite divided! But no matter, everyone can agree on the nickname of  Thunder Valley because the noise of the cars on the track is so amplified from the shape of the venue.

Track: .533 mile

Shape: Oval

Banking: 26-30 degrees in the turns and 6-10 degrees in the straights

Surface: Concrete

Capacity: 165,000

Race: 500-lap for 266.5-miles

2012 winner: Brad Keselowski



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