A barbecue is incomplete without the right beverages. While something cool and refreshing like beer may seem like the perfect accompaniment to your meat, whiskey is the ideal beverage for your barbecue party. If you pair whiskey and barbecue right, they can make a great combination. Whiskey and barbecue are a natural pair as they share the same notes of wood and spices. You just cannot go wrong by serving whiskey with barbecue. A knowledge of whiskey and barbecue pairings is sure to serve you well at your next backyard barbecue.

Read on for some tips on how to serve whiskey at a barbecue.


Whiskey is a versatile beverage that can be served with any kind of meat, just make sure to go slow with it. When taken with barbecue, whiskey must be savored. Treat it more like an expensive wine, relish every sip. For those not accustomed to whiskey, make sure to pace it with adequate amounts of water. With some practice, you will be able to pick out the unique flavors in the drink.

Scotch and barbecue have an age old relationship. Scotch is very versatile when it comes to barbecue. It is often used in place of barbecue sauce as a glaze. It can be mixed with water and poured over the wood used to smoke the meat. It can also serve as an accompaniment to your meat. A glass of scotch is sure to add sophistication to your barbecue. Scotch goes so well with barbecue that even the oak barrels used to store whiskey are put to use at the end of their lifespan. As the barrel was probably used to store scotch for a long time, the wood is infused with scotch. It can be cut up into chips and used to smoke your meat. This gives the meat a unique, rich and smoky flavor.

Bourbon is another type of whiskey that has a long-standing relationship with barbecue. It is the perfect complement to barbecued meat as it has an underlying sweetness that goes very well with the sweetness in barbecue sauces. While old-school connoisseurs prefer pure bourbon with their meat, a bourbon cocktail can be a better choice. A fruity bourbon cocktail with hints of rhubarb, citrus or honey would enhance the smoky flavor of the barbecue. Bourbon is the drink of choice when barbecuing pulled pork.

Jack Daniel’s, a very popular Tennessee whiskey, goes great with barbecue. Tennessee is the Mecca for barbecue lovers and this is probably why Jack Daniel’s and barbecue complement each other so perfectly. Whether you are having pulled pork or steak, Jack Daniel’s is a must, either as an accompaniment or as a part of the recipe. Add a slathering of Jack Daniel’s instead of barbecue sauce while grilling baby back ribs and you will have yourself a culinary masterpiece. So, at your next barbecue party, keep a bottle of Jack Daniel’s at hand to impress your guests with your culinary skills.