Kentucky 74 Bourbon BBQ Chicken Tacos Recipe

Kentucky 74 Bourbon BBQ Chicken Tacos Recipe

Forget vanilla and apple cider vinegar to mimic the taste of bourbon in dishes. Spiritless Kentucky 74 is a great substitute in cooking with bourbon.  Don’t miss out on the smoke, caramel, and toasty nuttiness we all love.  Want extra heat in that sugar and spice flavor? Grab Kentucky 74 SPICED instead.  

Bourbon BBQ Chicken Tacos


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp Kentucky 74, divided (use 4 tbsp for stronger bourbon flavor)
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (chicken thighs work as well)

Salsa Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 medium limes, zest and juice
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches) or lettuce wraps for less carbs
  • Minced cilantro, optional


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 9 ingredients and 2 tablespoons of bourbon. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cook and cover. Keep on low until the thermometer reads 165° - about 3-4 hours.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the 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.
  3. Take the chicken out; shred with 2 forks. Put the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and stir in the remaining bourbon. Heat through. Build your taco and enjoy!

Inspired by a recipe from TasteofHome