Cooking With Spirits: Bourbon BBQ Chicken Tacos

Welcome back to another delicious adventure in the kitchen! Today, we’re combining two beloved culinary elements: spirits and tacos. Specifically, we’re infusing the rich flavors of bourbon into a tantalizing BQ chicken taco recipe. Get ready to elevate your taco night to a whole new level with these Bourbon BBQ Chicken Tacos. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply treating yourself to a flavorful meal, this recipe is sure to impress. 


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 medium limes, zest and juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • Minced cilantro, optional


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 9 ingredients and 2 tablespoons bourbon. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer reads 165°, 3-4 hours. Remove chicken; shred with 2 forks. Return to slow cooker; stir in remaining 1 tablespoon bourbon. Heat through.
  • Meanwhile, for salsa, combine corn, red pepper, onion, lime zest and juice, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl. Serve chicken in tortillas with salsa. If desired, top with cilantro.

There you have it - Bourbon BBQ Chicken Tacos that are sure to be a hit at your next gathering or taco night at home. The infusion of bourbon adds a depth of flavor to the tender chicken, while the BBQ sauce brings a sweet and tangy kick to every bite. Feel free to customize these tacos with your favorite toppings and serve them alongside your go-to sides for a memorable meal experience. So, grab your apron and get cooking - it’s time to enjoy the delicious fusion of spirits and tacos! 

If you missed any of our past posts, you can read them here, and don’t forget to look out for next week's blog post; Behind the Barrel: A History of Whiskey. 

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