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Whiskey Coke Barbecue Sauce

We love making our own barbecue sauce at home, and this Whiskey Coke Barbecue Sauce is an easy and delicious option to top your favorite pulled pork, barbecue beef, or grilled chicken wings!

Whiskey Coke BBQ Sauce

Whiskey Coke Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Homemade BBQ sauce is so easy to throw together, and endlessly customizable. It contains ingredients you probably have in your pantry and fridge right now, so you literally have zero excuses to not whip up a batch the next time you have a hankering for some barbecue.

This recipe features one of the most iconic cocktails in existence, the whiskey coke!

Try this on my Smoked Pulled Pork

Whiskey Coke Barbecue Sauce

Whiskey Coke Barbecue Sauce shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • Coke
  • Bourbon whiskey
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Yellow mustard
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red pepper flakes

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Whiskey Coke Barbecue Sauce

How to make Whiskey Coke BBQ Sauce

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Put the coke and whiskey into a saucepan and let it simmer until it is reduced by about 1/3.



Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and stir.



Simmer gently, stirring frequently, for another 5 minutes.



Pour it on, paint it on, or get dunking. It is time to enjoy your efforts!

3-2-1 Ribs

Whiskey Coke Barbecue Sauce

Whiskey Coke BBQ Sauce FAQ

Can this be made in advance?

Yes! This barbecue sauce will keep in the fridge for 5-6 days, for sure, so make it in advance if you’d like. This recipe has NOT been tested for canning, so if you want to keep it past that 5-6 days I recommend freezing it in a freezer bag for longer-term storage.

What’s the best way to store leftovers?

We keep our homemade barbecue sauce in canning jars in the fridge. I linked up to a pour spout that I love in the recipe card below that makes it simple to serve and store the sauce.

This recipe is very versatile. If you want to change things up a bit, I’m not here to kill your fun. Add some more whiskey. Try a flavored whiskey. Like it really spicy? Add some more red pepper flakes. Like more tang? Toss in some extra vinegar. Follow your heart! Just don’t come at me if it doesn’t work out. 😉

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Whiskey Coke BBQ Sauce
Yield: 6 servings

Whiskey Coke Barbecue Sauce

Whiskey Coke BBQ Sauce

This tangy spicy barbecue sauce features the flavors of your favorite cocktail, a whiskey coke! Great on ribs, pulled pork, barbecue beef, and everything else you put bbq sauce on.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 12-ounce cans Coca-Cola
  • 4 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Put the whiskey and coke into a saucepan. Let it simmer until it is reduced by about 1/3.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 46gProtein: 1g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Robert Pearson

Thursday 15th of June 2023

With the bourbon and Coca-Cola or cherry Coke barbeque sauce, can I use sugar-free Coke or cherry Dr.pepper. Just trying to keep down the sugar as much as I can.

Truly grateful.

Rob P.

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 15th of June 2023

I haven't tested these recipes with diet or sugar-free version of the soda, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't work just as well. If you try it, let me know how it goes and I'll add it to the blog post!

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