Recipe Friday: The Whiskey Barbecue Sauce from Ted’s Refreshments

Marilyn HawkesMarch 13, 2020
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Looking for something to munch on while you’re catching up on Netflix this weekend? Chris Purcell of Ted’s Refreshments shares the Tempe restaurant’s whiskey barbecue wing sauce.

At Ted’s they smoke their wings in an electric smoker with hickory wood chips. “If people are making them at home, they could bake, grill or fry them,” Purcell says. “Then, just toss in the sauce.”

You can use any type of bourbon that you like, Purcell says. “But I wouldn’t use any high-end bourbon because you’re not going to be able to distinguish the difference.”

As far as the sauce goes, Purcell says you shouldn’t limit yourself to using it just on wings. “The sauce can go on ribs, pork chops or any barbecue application that you can think of. It’s a really unique, easy to execute barbecue flavor profile.”

Whiskey BBQ Sauce


6 oz. bourbon (any brand)
3 tbsp. whole grain mustard
6 oz. apple cider vinegar
1 ½ cups brown sugar
32 oz. barbecue sauce (Ted’s uses Sweet Baby Ray’s)


1. Combine all ingredients except barbecue sauce in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and reduce by half.
2. Add barbecue sauce and simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Cool and store until use.


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