Liquor in BBQ/smoking. Cognac, whiskey, beer, brandy, etc

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Fire Starter
May 20, 2009
Eastern Connecticut
I use bourbon in some sauces, spritzes and with apple juice when I foil my ribs. I prefer Evan Williams for cooking. I save the Makers and Blanton's for the cook- they actually don't work as well in food anyway.


Smoke Blower
Original poster
Thread starter
Dec 6, 2010
All great thoughts guys.  sorry for the late reply. Been busy with a little one.  back to business and summer is near...!

Sounds like a lot of people are having success with liquor in the cooking process which I will need to play with more.  Possibly soaking the chips with liquor but that seems inefficient IMO to infuse the flavor.  Maybe infusion in in the glaze?

I was playing with whiskey in my sauce.  granted I might have put too much in BUT.....  I get

Maybe cheaper liquors for this?  Having a hard time believing someone can tell the difference in Evan Williams and Crown in a glaze but just maybe. 

I was thinking of the more aggressive flavors out there like Vermouth and Brandy? 


Smoking Fanatic
Jun 5, 2010
S.W. Wisconsin
my pork butts each get a mix of 1 gallon apple juice, 1 cup kosher salt, 3 cups Jack Daniels whiskey, and 2 TBS crushed red pepper...let soak for at least 12 hours to overnight.

They turn out awesome and super moist everytime.



Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Jun 21, 2009
The North Coast of Ohio
Here is a recipie I got from a fellow smf'r and I really like it!

Bourbon Spiked Cherry BBQ Sauce

4   cups tomato base(ketchup)
1   can whole sweet cherries in can w/syrup
      (ran through food processor)15 oz
1/2 cup molasses
1   cup Bourbon(Makers Mark,Woodfords Reserve)
2   tsp Cinnamon
1   tsp Garlic powder
2   tsp Coarse black pepper
2   tsp Onion powder

Cook over low heat enough to blend flavors,
but not so high that the bourbon gets cooked out.
Let cool, then bottle.Let sit in the fridge
so the flavors can mingle!!

I have used it on ribs with great results, and also on smoked chuck roasts for awesome BBQ beef sammies!

Give it a try!



Master of the Pit
Jul 23, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada
I'm a "newbie" smoker - how long did you smoke your pork butts and what kind of wood did you use? I am going to use my Brinkman smoker this time because we are having some "mods" done on my offset smoker :-(

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