Spoon in a jar of homemade Whiskey BBQ Ketchup on a wood cutting board
4.37 from 11 votes

Whiskey BBQ Ketchup

10-ingredient, 30-minute, 1-bowl homemade ketchup! So simple yet flavorful, with the bold flavor of BBQ and a hint of booziness from the whiskey. Perfect on fries, burgers, and everything in between.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 15 (~2-Tbsp servings)
Category: Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 weeks


  • 15 ounces tomato sauce (organic when possible)
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste (organic when possible)
  • 2-3 Tbsp whiskey (I used Bourbon Whiskey from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2-3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire (ensure it’s vegan-friendly)
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk to combine.
  2. Cook until bubbly - about 5 minutes. Then reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 15 more minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more whiskey for a more boozy flavor, brown sugar for added sweetness, vinegar for more tang, and liquid smoke extra smokiness.
  4. Transfer to a jar and let cool before putting lid on. Will keep in the fridge for at least 2-3 weeks (probably longer).


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with lesser amount of whiskey and vinegar.
*Recipe makes ~2 cups ketchup.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 15 two-Tbsp servings)