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Grilled Chicken with Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce

This Grilled Chicken has a homemade Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce that is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. The BBQ sauce is also great on pork chops and in baked beans. Perfect sauce for summer cooking.
Author: Lisa Kerhin


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp The Spice House's Gateway to the North Seasoning

Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup cherry perserves
  • 2 tsp The Spice House's Gateway to the North Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or more if you like
  • a few dashes of hot sauce optional


  • In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil on medium heat.
  • Add onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Then add garlic and cook another one minute.
  • Add in bourbon and continue cooking about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the tomato paste and whisk to break it up.
  • Then, add all remaining sauce ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
  • Once it's boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Pour sauce through a fine mesh strainer to remive onion and garlic pieces if you prefer a smooth sauce.
  • Set aside and cool. Store leftover bbq sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • When you are ready to grill, preheat grill to medium-high and then season each side of the chicken breasts with The Spice House's Gateway to The North Seasoning
  • Then grill chicken breasts for about 9 minutes each side.
  • If you are using the iGrill mini thermometer, you can set it up to alert you to turn the chicken. Also, set it up to reach an internal temp of 165 degrees.
  • Once you turn the chicken, baste it with the Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce. Flip once more and baste again. Remove to platter to let rest a couple of minutes.