Bourbon Orange Coriander BBQ Sauce

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been in a big condiment kick recently. It’s a fun phase to be going through, especially since it’s grilling season!

Bourbon Orange Coriander BBQ Chicken

Hubby’s mom gave me her homemade BBQ sauce recipe a few years ago. It’s a bit spicy for me, so it’s not my favorite (shh, don’t tell her). But Hubby likes it, so I make it every once and a while. I definitely like my BBQ sauce to be a bit sweeter, like this Bourbon Orange Coriander BBQ Sauce.

Bourbon Orange Coriander BBQ Sauce

I have already made three batches of this sauce this summer. It’s amazing on grilled chicken. The sauce gets all caramelized and sticky and it just screams summertime to me.

Bourbon Orange Coriander BBQ Chicken

We served some grilled chicken breasts with this BBQ sauce on it at a cookout recently and people were raving about the sauce. It kind of caught me off guard that I got so many questions about it. Many of the guests could even pick out that there was orange in it.

Bourbon Orange Coriander BBQ Sauce

As with most things, I bumped up the amount of garlic in the sauce. I like my BBQ sauce nice and smooth instead of chunky, so I was sure to whiz it in my blender after it had cooled a bit. One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it makes a decent amount. Probably 3 cups or so. It’s been nice to have the jar of BBQ sauce in the fridge these past couple of months!

Bourbon Orange Coriander BBQ Chicken

For the chicken legs, Hubby simply grilled them, spreading BBQ sauce on them during the last 5 minutes. When they came off the grill, he spread more BBQ sauce on the legs. After resting for 5 minutes, we dug in!

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Bourbon Orange Coriander Barbeque Sauce

Yield: ~3 cups


3 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup bourbon
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar (1/3 cup if you’d like it less sweet)
1/4 cup molasses
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp orange zest
3/4 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp coarse ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt


Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan.

Add onions and saute until translucent and slightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add garlic and saute for 1 minute more.

Lower heat to low and add bourbon. Scrape the browned bits of onion and garlic from the bottom of the pan as the bourbon heats.

Add the remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 30 to 45 minutes, until reduced and thickened.

Mixture can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker

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13 Responses to “Chicken Gyros”

  1. #
    yumventures — July 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love making a bunch of different recipes and having them come together in one awesome meal! This looks so delicious, especially with the heat we’ve been having!

  2. #
    Manne — July 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Next time I come over, I insist we either have these delicious looking Gyros or go to the Turkish restaurant you talked about.

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    We Are Not Martha — July 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Wow, I love that addiction to the stove! Your chicken gyros look super flavorful and like the perfect hot day lunch!


  4. #
    Lauren — July 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I love that every aspect of this meal is homemade… yum! What is the name of the Turkish restaurant? I need to check it out :).

  5. #
    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — July 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I just made something similar and they were great! LOVE the sauce! Thanks!

  6. #
    biz319 — July 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Can’t wait for you to post the recipe – I am putting it on my menu for next week. 😀

    I used to make tzatziki sauce too -until my grocery store started selling it for .99 cents for a 16 ounce container – so cheap!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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    Sweet & Savory Summer — July 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I love me a traditional, good, lamb gyro- but these look delicious! I might have to break out of my comfort zone 🙂

  8. #
    Sweet & Savory Summer — July 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I love me a traditional, good, lamb gyro- but these look delicious! I might have to break out of my comfort zone 🙂

  9. #
    Julie — July 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    We definitely have to try these…yum!

  10. #
    brettb734 — July 11, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Those look delicious, I will have to try those!

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    Sheena — July 13, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Can the pita bread dough be made in advance and kept in the fridge overnight? I want to make these tomorrow for dinner but will not have time for the 90 minute and then 20 minute rise times. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

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    Cara — July 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    welcome to the bandwagon! love Elly’s recipe!

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    Jen — July 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Manne – sounds like a plan

    Lauren – It’s called Brookline Family Restaurant and it’s on Washington St in Brookline Village. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area.

    Sheena – I’m not sure about freezing the pita bread dough. I’m sure it would be fine as other bread doughs can be frozen and used later. Let me know how it goes if you try it!

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