Honey Bourbon Sauce

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Buttery sweet Honey Bourbon Sauce,  with a touch of vanilla and brown sugar, is perfect for topping just about anything from bread pudding to ice cream, from meats and seafood to veggies.  You’ll want to keep a jar of this honey bourbon glaze handy because once you taste it, you will want to put it on everything!

The Best Honey Bourbon Sauce Recipe

I think I found a new favorite sauce.  This Honey Bourbon Sauce has been awesome on so many things already — and boy! Do I have plans for it for other things, too!  It’s amazing on pancakes, ice cream, and over veggies like beets or carrots.  It gives a unique sweetness to veggies that you will love, I just know it!

Honey Bourbon Sauce by An Affair fro the Heart

The first time I posted this recipe was in 2018. It has been super popular ever since! If you are returning to make it again, know that I didn’t change the recipe, just added in some new photos of this sensational sauce!


Does Bourbon Sauce have Alcohol?

Have you ever heard that cooking alcohol removes the alcohol content?  Well, turns out that is a myth.  Here’s a great article on Cooking Alcohol and Alcohol Evaporation you can do a little light reading.  However, there is such a small amount in this bourbon glaze recipe that most needn’t worry. Of course,  if you absolutely can’t drink any alcohol, you can sub apple juice or add a little more vanilla.

Honey Bourbon Sauce - An Affair from the Heart

Reader comment: “This is awesome. I’ve tried it on waffles and also different types of fish. Salmon and catfish. I’m making this a part of my must have food when I grill from now on.” – Don

What Is Bourbon Sauce?

Bourbon sauce classifies as a reduction-style sauce. Essentially, by using high heat, you not only evaporate most of the alcohol out as well as any water. At the same time, the sugars caramelize and help concentrate the flavors. In this way, the sauce also works quite well as a glaze. You can coat anything and everything in bourbon brown sugar glaze. Because it makes everything taste on the right side of amazing!

Of course, it works great on chicken, salmon, steak, and pork, especially when you do any of those on the grill. Want the best wings ever? Glaze them generously with it! But use it on sweets and desserts as well. Trust me on this! Try some on cakes, pancakes, waffles, and even ice cream! Use this bourbon sauce recipe for bread pudding, yes, even bread pudding too. 


Use It For A Dipping Sauce Too!

Make a few extra servings to use for a dipping sauce too. Sweet bourbon dipping sauce works for dipping chips or veggies, or you can make some sweet bourbon-glazed meatballs to serve as an appetizer too. I think most people after trying some actually dream about what else they can slather it on. (So it is nothing to feel weird about if that happens to you too…)

What Is Bourbon Sauce Made of?

With just a few ingredients, this honey bourbon sauce is easy as they come. You don’t have to use the high-priced fancy bourbons for this if you want to save those for sipping! Most likely you will have everything here already in your pantry.

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Bourbon
  • Vanilla
  • Honey

How to Make Bourbon Honey Sauce

This one comes together super fast, so it’s ready in no time for you to use on whatever your heart desires. 

All you need to do is melt some butter in a small saucepan with some brown sugar. 

When it’s hot, add in the bourbon.  Whatever you have on hand.  It doesn’t need to be anything special.  You will heat it to evaporate some of the alcohol content.  A couple of minutes or so does the trick.

After you add the bourbon, add in the vanilla, it gets sort of foamy while it’s cooking the bourbon and the vanilla.  Add in the honey and stir until hot.  

Then serve it warm on whatever you like! Let your imagination run wild!


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Why Bourbon Honey Sauce Makes The Best Sauce for Barbecuing 

When it comes to grilling recipes, bourbon honey sauce always tops the charts of best, and most favorite. That is because of a few factors. First, bourbon already adds smokiness to the flavor without any burnt or unpleasant type of aftertaste. Next, the sweetness of the honey and brown sugar is just enough, not too much, not too little. 

If you want, you can always add a bit of spice to it too with a dash or three of Tabasco or some red pepper flakes. I have a delicious bbq sauce recipe to check out as well.

Homemade BBQ Sauce on a grey pot holder with text "homemade BBQ sauce"

It’s nice to have recipes for a plethora of sauces, Here are some of my favorites:

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Bourbon Lovers Unite!

If you are a fan of bourbon, I have some other recipes to tickle those bourbon-loving taste buds of yours!


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A full serving spoon of delicious honey bourbon sauce
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Honey Bourbon Sauce

Buttery sweet honey sauce,  with a touch of bourbon and vanilla, is perfect for topping just about anything from cakes and breads to ice cream and from meats and fish to veggies.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time6 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon, bourbon glaze, brown sugar, butter, honey, Honey Bourbon Sauce, sweet bourbon glaze, vanilla
Servings: 0.5 cup
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup raw honey


  • Melt butter with brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Pour in bourbon and stir to let the alcohol burn off. About one minute.
  • Add vanilla, stir.
  • Add in honey, and heat through.


Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 48mg | Sugar: 23g

This recipe was originally posted on June 4, 2018. It had been updated to improve the user experience and re-shared on April 19, 2022.

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  1. This is awesome. I’ve tried it on waffles and also different types of fish. Salmon and catfish. I’m making this a part of my must have food when I grill from now on.

  2. I made this today to have on hand for those impromptu desserts! It was hard to pack it in a jar for storage! Finger-lickin’ good!

  3. This was was so easy to make and it is delicious! We enjoyed it on pancakes and we will have more this weekend on top of waffles. Looking forward to putting it on practically everything!

  4. I made this sauce and now I put it on everything! The blend of flavors is out of this world- I especially love it on vanilla ice cream!

  5. I made this up to grill on my chicken tonight. Tastes a little too buttery (can’t believe I’m saying that) wondering if it will make the chicken too buttery

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