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Recipe: How to make cannabis-infused barbecue sauce

June 27, 2019

Cannabis-Infused Barbecue Sauce

BBQ season has arrived and the wafting scent slow smoked meats and grilled delights can be quite seductive.

If you’re looking to up your grilling game and introduce infused foods to the picnic table, consider this infused barbecue sauce. The condiment can be mopped onto chicken or ribs, squeezed onto burgers, and is designed to be low dose* (approximately 8mg THC per tablespoon), though the results will depend on the potency of your infusion and can be adjusted accordingly.


  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 Spanish onions, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons cannabutter


  1. In a saucepot over medium-high heat, add the oil, onions, and salt and cook until lightly golden brown, then add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes
  2. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently until starting to brown, then remove the pot from the heat and carefully add the bourbon.
  3. Return the pot to the heat and reduce the bourbon by about half, then add the brown sugar. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  4. Add the spices and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, then add the ketchup, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire, and mustard.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, then simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thickened
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes then add to a blender and purée on high speed until smooth
  7. Once the BBQ sauce is smooth, lower the speed of the blender to low and add the cannabis butter one tablespoon at a time until you have a nice, shiny consistency.


Yield: 3 cups of BBQ sauce

*Tips for Dosing Cannabis Infusions

The potency of your infusions depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked to the potency of your starting material. To test the potency of your finished product, try spreading ¼ or ½ teaspoon on a snack and see how that dose affects you after an hour. Decrease or increase dose as desired. You can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes. Click here for more information on why potency is so difficult to measure in homemade cannabis edibles.

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Alex Goodall

Alex Goodall is a Toronto-based Chef with an affinity for cannabis.

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