Chef Steph’s Peach and Bourbon BBQ Sauce

The sauce is summer in a jar. Sweet peaches and smoky bourbon elevate this traditional barbecue sauce into something special. Not that all barbecue isn’t special. But this sauce is kind of a game changer. Throw a few halved peaches onto the grill as well and serve them with whatever you slathered in this sauce!


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs smoked paprika
  • 1 tbs ground black pepper
  • ½ -1 tbs chili powder (depending on your spice tolerance)
  • ½ - 1 tbs crushed red chili flakes (depending on your spice tolerance)
  • 2 tsp toasted onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 cups peaches chopped into cubes


Place all of the ingredients in a 4-quart pot and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Transfer the sauce to a blender or large food processor and blend until smooth and no chunks of peaches are visible. You may have to do this in stages to avoid spills.

Transfer the sauce to a bowl and let cool before pouring into jars. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.