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Maker's Mark® BBQ Sauce is a staple in the Star Hill Provisions® kitchen. The best part is, it's open to interpretation. So, in the spirit of the Samuels family, feel free to pursue your own taste vision. Add the elements that best suit your palate or the dish you're serving it with or just add the ingredients you have on hand. The only must-haves are a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce to use as the base and Maker's Mark® Bourbon to help make it your own.

Preparation Time

15 minutes

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  • Yellow mustard 

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Red chili flakes

  • Caramelized onions

  • Roasted garlic

  • Brown sugar

  • Crispy cooked bacon


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 big pinches red chili flake

  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard

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A ramekin of barbeque sauce next to a wooden spatula used to stir it.
  • Step 1

    Pour your favorite BBQ sauce into a bowl

    Add 1 cup of your favorite ready made BBQ sauce to a bowl. Since you will be adding to the sauce, use about half as much as you think you will need.

  • Step 2

    Pour in your Maker's® and whisk

    Add 2 shots of Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and whisk it well.

  • Step 3

    Season to your liking

    Add ingredients of your choosing until you have something you like.

  • Step 4

    Refrigerate and enjoy

    Store covered in the fridge for up to one week.

A bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon whisky behind a tall glass with a Bourbon Bloody Mary over ice and a pickle, celery, and lime garnish. A small bowl of lime slices is to the left.

Maker's Mark® BBQ Sauce

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Adults only

This recipe contains full-strength Maker's®. For a family-friendly version, first simmer the bourbon until it's reduced to a syrupy texture and let cool. This will burn off the alcohol.

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Getting saucy

To soften the punch of raw onion and garlic when making sauces, combine both with canola oil in a foil pack. Bake at 350 degrees until soft and aromatic. Let cool and add to your sauce as needed.

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