Maker's Mark Bourbon Recipes

With Heritage Day around the corner, Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky have shared a few family favourite recipes to spice up your braai on 24 September.

Starting with Maker’s Mark Bourbon Chicken Wings – with not one, but three different sauces, a smokey Maker’s Mark BBQ Sauce to accompany any meat dish and a Kentucky favourite, Maker’s Mark Bourbon Baked Beans, the perfect side dish for the day.

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Chicken Wings

Maker's Mark Bourbon Recipes

30 high-quality chicken wings
2 shots Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
2 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. Tabasco® hot sauce
2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 shots Makers Mark® Bourbon
1 cup prepared sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp. Sriracha chili sauce

2 shots Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. cracked black pepper
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Salt to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large container and mix well. Let sit covered in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours for best results.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Spray with nonstick spray to make cleanup even easier.
  3. Place chicken wings on tray barely touching and not stacked. If they are piled on each other, it will cause the wings to steam, not caramelize.
  4. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. As soon as you remove wings from the oven, toss with one of the wing sauces below or your homemade Maker’s Mark BBQ sauce. To create a glaze, put sauced wings back in the oven to finish for 3–5 minutes and serve.


  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until fully incorporated.
  2. Toss in a large bowl with wings immediately after taking wings from the oven for best results.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Toss with wings immediately after removing from the oven.

Maker’s Mark BBQ Sauce

Maker's Mark Bourbon Recipes

Your favorite prepared BBQ sauce
Maker’s Mark Bourbon

Suggested additions

Yellow mustard
Apple cider vinegar
Red chili flakes
Caramelized onions
Roasted garlic
Brown sugar
Crispy cooked bacon


  1. Add 1 cup of your favourite readymade BBQ sauce to a bowl. Since you will be adding to the sauce, use about half as much as you think you will need.
  2. Add 2 shots of Maker’s Mark Bourbon and whisk it well.
  3. Add ingredients of your choosing until you have something you like.
  4. Store covered in the fridge for up to one week.
  6. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  7. 2 big pinches red chili flake
  8. 1/3 cup yellow mustard 

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Baked Beans

Maker's Mark Bourbon Recipes

1kg  dried pinto or white beans
250g of bacon, cut into medium dice
1 white onion diced
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
3/4 cup Homemade Maker’s Mark® BBQ sauce
4 shots Makers Mark® bourbon
1 can of ginger ale
4 cups pork or chicken stock


1 cup panko bread crumbs
3 tbsp. butter
100g  country ham, chopped


  1. Soak dried beans for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. While preheating oven to 180 degrees, brown bacon on the stove over medium heat in an oven-safe pot or Dutch oven.
  3. When almost crispy, add onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Drain your beans and add to the bacon mixture.
  5. Add Maker’s Mark BBQ sauce, Maker’s Mark Bourbon and ginger ale. Mix well, and then add the pork or chicken stock.
  6. Cover pot, place in oven and bake for 1 hour.
  7. Uncover and bake another 30 minutes or until beans are tender and a crust has begun to form on top of the dish.
  9. Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and add country ham and panko.
  10. Stir constantly until lightly brown, about 5 minutes.
  11. Remove beans from oven and top with the crumble before serving.


Eight generations, 200 years of expertise and Bill Samuels Sr.’s idea to go against the grain. The result: hand-crafted American bourbon with a signature smooth, full-flavour, topped with one-of-a-kind red wax that is Maker’s Mark. Internationally recognised for a keen attention to finer details, the distillery holds true to its founding belief that character isn’t made by the machine. “If we could make it any faster, we wouldn’t,” as the old joke goes at the distillery, because at Maker’s Mark it’s one bottle at a time. Every time.

After burning the only 170-year-old family recipe, Bill set on reinventing Maker’s Mark with a taste vision that would stand out from the crowd. While rye grain was the go-to grain for whisky makers, Bill experimented with baking several loaves of bread with a soft winter wheat instead of distilling them, saving years of aging. This served to replace the unwanted bite of rye with the delicate sweetness that Maker’s Mark is known for today.

Using an heirloom yeast strain older than Maker’s itself, the signature flavour of the brand is savoured in the original Burks Distillery tanks that predate Maker’s Mark where the yeast ferments. Ensuring every drop of the whisky made today is the same way Bill intended, the brand double distils the spirit in gleaming copper stills, which removes impurities for a more refined sipping whisky. Before achieving the perfect degree of char on the 525-pound American white oak barrels, which hold the whisky, the barrels are rotated by hand for nine months. Enduring the different temperatures around the rackhouse, including three hot Kentucky summers, the whisky inherits colour and flavour. Aged to taste, the whisky is bottled and capped after six or seven years in hand-dipped 400 degree red wax, and labelled from the hand-operated, 1935 Chandler & Price printing press.

Today there are four variants in the Maker’s Mark bourbon family, being Maker’s Mark, Cask Strength, Maker’s Mark 46 and Private Select. Maker’s Mark is readily available countrywide at the recommended price of R329, 00. Cask Strength sells at R485, 00 and the Maker’s Mark 46 sells for R2 1 95. Their Private select is distributed intently and is also for sale on request at the distillery itself.

Through ingenuity and a determination for taste, Maker’s Mark offers South Africa a one-of-a-kind, full-flavored bourbon that’s easy to drink and a pleasure to enjoy.

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