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pork chops with bowl of peach bbq sauce to side

Any recipe that starts with cooking bacon and eating it has to be good. Right?

I was raised to keep my bacon drippings in a jar, so I have them available to flavor recipes, but I realize that’s a little old school.

If you’ve got a bacon grease stash, you don’t have to cook bacon for this recipe, because all you need are the drippings. But enjoying 3 slices of bacon while this sauce simmers is a bonus.

Once your bacon is cooked, the aromatics (onions and garlic) will cook down in the fat.

Then, you’ll wake them right up with a full third cup of bourbon.

Stir in the remaining ingredients, including four ripe peaches.

I love picking fresh peaches in the summer. For this recipe, be sure to peel and pit them.

To peel them, drop them in a pot of boiling water for about 30-60 seconds. Then, dip them in a bowl of cold water. The skins will slide right off.

pork chops with bowl of peach bbq sauce to side

This sauce is great on pork and chicken. It’s sweet with a little heat from the cayenne and umami from the Worcestershire sauce.

4.34 from 6 votes

Peach Bacon Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Great on pork and chicken, Peach Bacon Bourbon BBQ Sauce takes the sweet taste of summer and punches it in the face.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp course ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne


  • Cook the bacon in a large pot over medium heat until browned. Remove the bacon, and eat it.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the pot. Sauté in the bacon drippings over medium heat until tender.
  • Add the bourbon and deglaze the pan (scrape up the cooked on bits).
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook down for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 


If you just want to make peach barbecue sauce (without bacon and bourbon), use butter or oil instead of bacon and water instead of bourbon.


Calories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 422mgPotassium: 233mgSugar: 15gVitamin A: 365IUVitamin C: 5.4mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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