Oven BBQ Ribs with Rub & Fiery Apricot Bourbon Homemade BBQ Sauce

I spent some time in Austin, Texas a Summer back.

Yeah, Texas.

I never thought I’d ever actually go to Texas. It was one of those mythical places that existed in my mind, taking up much of the same space as woodland fairies, deep space galaxies and Chris Pratt’s pants.

Firey Apricot & Whiskey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - She EatsUhhh….

Little did I know that I was soon to be gun-slingin, cow-tippin, everythings-bigger bound for Austin.

Firey Apricot & Whiskey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - She EatsIt wasn’t nearly as terrifying as I thought it would be. In fact, I kind of loved it. Some say it’s the Portland of the South. And it really was.

Firey Apricot & Whiskey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - She EatsAdorable tree lined streets. Food trucks up the wazoo. Live music pretty much anywhere you could plug an amp in. Totally friendly people. Quirky stores and art all over the damn place. And the food. Oh, oh, ohhhh the food.

Oh yeah, and the 2 C pour of bourbon I ordered by accident. Note to self: When in Texas, remember everything comes bigger. So ordering a double = messy.

Firey Apricot & Whiskey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - She EatsBut for all the hipster-tossing, ping-pong playing, craft-beer tasting and bourbon looting I got myself into,  a big fat vat of Southern BBQ was the very best thing I got myself into.

Smoked pork spare-ribs. Beef brisket. Plump chicken thighs. Luscious corn bread. Creamy coleslaw. Potata’ salad. Mac & cheese. Heaping jugs of sweet tea. And sauce. So. Much. Sauce.

I had always heard real, down-home BBQ was the shiz, but I didn’t really “get it”, until I got it. All of it. Right in my mouth. 

I had no idea meat and carbs could be so filling yet so deliciously ethereal.

Firey Apricot & Whiskey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - She EatsThat week completely changed how I thought about meat. And Texas. And my waist-size. And it relegated store-bought BBQ sauce right into the trash where it belongs.

Firey Apricot & Whiskey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - She EatsSince that trip, I’ve taken to making my own homemade BBQ sauce. Depending on the season (and what’s in the cupboard) I’ll spice it up with anything from beer to whiskey, cherries to apricots, and chilies to pineapple. I slather it on everything from eggs (yes, eggs) to ribs to burgers and sometimes I’ll even just grab a spoon.

Firey Apricot & Whiskey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - She EatsThis version takes the best of all those worlds and puts them together in one pot: Fiery Apricot Bourbon Homemade BBQ Sauce.

Dudes. I’ve totally ‘shipped these ingredients.

Firey Apricot & Whiskey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - She EatsIt takes hardly time at all to make your own homemade BBQ sauce (you know how I’m quick and easy like that) and it’s got an intense smokiness, a deep rich flavour, a perfect balance of sweet & spicy, and is all around gorgeous.

Topped and slathered all over BBQ ribs, it’s finger licking addictive!

I’ve included my rib rub recipe here too in case you want the full experience. And let’s be honest, when something’s this good, you want the champagne experience. Or in this case, the bourbon one.

Firey Apricot & Whiskey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe - She Eats

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