There is so much more to barbecue sauce that what is found on the grocery store shelves. Barbecue sauce is as varied as barbecue and it really is important to match the flavors with the foods. These ten recipes are some of the best barbecue sauces I could find (and meticulously improve over the decades). Whether you are looking for something to slather on ribs, or just a quick homemade condiment, start with these. I'm sure that you will love them and over the years adapt them to your own barbecue perfection.
Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
This is a traditional recipe for Kansas City style barbecue sauce. Use on ribs, pork, chicken, or serve on the side if you wish. It's a tomato based sauce with a little sweet, heat, and tanginess. Just the right combination to pull off a sensational barbecue.
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The Ultimate Carolina BBQ Sauce
This is truly one of the best recipes for Carolina barbecue sauce out there. Unlike those tomato based sauces, we are all so used to, this one uses mustard. This traditional South Carolina sauce is served up with low and slow cooked pulled pork and even pulled chicken. Either way, pour this sauce on top or serve on the side at your next cookout.
Memphis Rib Sauce
This is a traditional Memphis-style barbecue sauce. It is served on the side as a side sauce and not applied to the ribs while they cook. Let your guests decide how much of this fantastic barbecue sauce they’d like.
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Piedmont Barbecue Sauce
This barbecue sauce hails from the Carolinas and is served at the table with smoked pulled pork and pulled chicken. This sauce is not like other barbecue sauces as it is quite thin and relies heavily on vinegar and other delicious ingredients.
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Smoky Chipotle Finishing Sauce
This is a delicious, spicy finishing sauce for smoked pulled pork, ribs and other grilled or smoked meats.
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Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce
This is a fantastic silky barbecue sauce that works well on chicken and pork. So next time you grill up a nice rack of ribs or a chicken for a cookout, consider using this flavorful sauce.
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Raspberry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
This is a quick and easy way to prepare a nice, fruit-based barbecue sauce with a little heat. This sauce works really well on pork and chicken.
South Carolina Style Mustard BBQ Sauce
Mustard barbecue sauces originated in South Carolina and subsequently extended to Georgia. This fantastic sauce is served up on pulled pork and paired with slaw. Give this one a try the next time you have pulled pork sandwiches on the menu.
Easy Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce
Dr. Pepper adds a nice sweet base to any barbecue sauce. This recipe is thick, delicious, and perfect served with beef, chicken, pork, and even slow smoked lamb. A great addition to any barbecue meal.
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Texas Style Burnt Ends Sauce
This spicy Texas style barbecue sauce that is specifically designed for brisket burnt ends. Of course, it can be used on pork as well. Burnt ends are delicious on their own, but make one heck of a sandwich, especially coated in this sauce.
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