Let's take "Things that can be improved by adding bourbon" for $200. We'll accept "water." Or ice. Chocolate cake. Dinner with the in-laws. Lemonade. Church. Summer and/or winter. Job interviews. 1960s ad agencies. It's endless, really. But above all the answers in this rich category, one item longs for bourbon like no other: BBQ sauce.

Adding a sauce infused with honey-gold, smokey bourbon to a rack of ribs is an honor for both the spirit and the meat; it's the only thing that can make great BBQ that much better. And don't stop with whiskey -- keep your bar near the kitchen and try out these rum, beer, and tequila marinades.