The weather has finally perked up so we’re still donning our aprons this National BBQ Week to grill up a taste of the Deep South with Jim Beam bourbon. Impress your friends with a few Kentucky specials – from a versatile Bourbon BBQ Sauce, to an authentic side dish of Jim Beam Sweet Potatoes.

Looking for the perfect BBQ drink to enjoy while you tend to your barby? Jim Beam has that covered too with a summery mixed berry cocktail, and a weekend punch perfect for a large group. Brollies at the ready – it’s time to get BBQ-ing with the UK’s No 1 bourbon.

Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Ingredients
1/2 cup Jim Beam Bourbon
1/4 stick butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation
Melt butter. Add onions and garlic. Sauté until tender. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 1 1/4 cup barbecue sauce. Store in refrigerator. Keeps well.

Jim Beam Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
29-oz whole sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch slices
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons Jim Beam Bourbon
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
3 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation
Place sliced potatoes in a lightly greased 8-inch square dish. Combine butter and next 5 ingredients; pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake in 350-degree oven for 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Optional: add marshmallows in last few minutes of baking.

Mixed Berry Bourbon cocktail

Ingredients
1 1/2 parts Jim Beam® Original
2 parts fresh Mixed Berries
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
1 part Simple Syrup
Lemon-Lime Soda (to taste)

Preparation
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and serve over ice in a cocktail glass. Garnish with berries.

Jim Beam Weekend Punch

Ingredients
3 parts Jim Beam White
4 parts Cranberry Juice
2 parts Pineapple Juice
1 part Orange Juice
1/2 part Lemon Juice
3 parts Ginger Ale
Ice Cubes

Preparation
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Pour part of the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze. Refrigerate bowl until well chilled. Before serving, add ice cubes and ginger ale.