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Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Barbecue sauce has become one of the most popular condiments of our time. Problem is, most of the stuff you buy at the store isn't very good and it has a very generic flavor. Making your own barbecue sauce lets you control not only the flavors, but the ingredients. Try these recipes for the best barbecue sauces you can find.

Top 10 Barbecue Sauce Recipes
Barbecue Sauces come in many flavors, styles and types. Most everyone is familiar with the thick, sweet sauces that line the shelves of grocery stores, but there is so much more to barbecue sauce than that. These 10 barbecue sauce recipes represent the most popular sauces.

Top Mustard Barbecue Sauce Recipes
Mustard based barbecue sauces find their origins in the Carolinas and are the perfect BBQ sauce for pork whether you are talking whole hog, pork shoulder, or ribs. These sauces add a savory, tart flavor to barbecue, but are also great on many foods you grill or smoke. Try a mustard sauce next time you are grilling burgers, pork chops, or even...

Top 10 Vinegar Barbecue Sauce Recipes
Vinegar based barbecue sauces come in a wide number of varieties and most people who use and love these sauces are pretty militant about how they should be prepared. Some come with tomato, others with mustard, some are spicy hot, while others are not. One thing for certain, a good vinegar barbecue sauce should give foods (particularly pork) a...

Top 10 Fruit Based Barbecue Sauces
Fruit based barbecue sauces are not only a unique way to add flavor to anything your grill or smoke, but are the perfect compliment for all those foods you don't want to put traditional barbecue sauces on. Expand your horizons and mix up one of these great fruity barbecue sauces for the next time you cookout.

Top BBQ Chicken Sauce Recipes
Chicken is amazingly versatile because it can take on so many flavors. Whether you grill it hot (but not too hot) or smoke it low and slow, chicken is a great and inexpensive way to have a barbecue. Because chicken doesn't have a lot of flavor on its own you want a great sauce to finish it off and these 10 BBQ chicken sauces are the best I know....

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
This version of the traditional Kansas City BBQ Sauce is a thick, sweet tomato based sauce with a touch of heat to give it a little kick. This is the perfect barbecue sauce for BBQ Ribs.

St. Louis Barbecue Sauce
St. Louis Barbecue Sauce is thinner and has more of a tangy flavor than its Kansas City cousin. Being at the crossroads, St. Louis Style Barbecue has many influences, so there are a number of ways of making this style sauce, but I think, this one is the best.

Memphis Barbecue Sauce
Traditionally, Memphis Barbecue is served without a sauce, but since rules are made to be broken, many Memphis BBQ Joints have sauces available, served either on the side or by special order. This sauce captures the complexity of Memphis Barbecue in a rich sauce that has a mixture or sweet and vinegar and a hint of heat.

Mango Grilling Glaze
This sweet glaze has a little heat and is perfect for brushing on chicken, pork, or fish. Add it towards the end of grilling and it will cook right into the meat.

Texas BBQ Sauce
Traditional Texas BBQ Sauce is a sweet and spicy mixture of tomato, spices and vegetables. Somewhat old fashioned when compared to popular sauces of today this sauce takes a little more time but is definitely worth the effort with its rich flavor.

Spicy Apricot Barbecue Sauce
This is an excellent sauce for pork and chicken.

Horseradish Barbecue Sauce
This sauce works really well on chicken and pork ribs.

Spicy Molasses and Ginger Barbecue Sauce
This is a richly flavored sauce with some definite heat to it. If you don't want it spicy, omit the chile or subtitute with a milder pepper.

Chipotle and Red Wine Barbecue Sauce
This sauce can be used as a serving sauce as well as a basting sauce. It works well on just about any meat.

Spicy Root Beer Barbecue Sauce
If you can use cola in a barbecue, why not use root beer? This sauce works well on poultry and pork.

Apple and Curry Glaze
This glaze is best suited for grilled pork chops or chicken breast. It can be used on rotisserie chicken as well.

Chile and Beer Barbecue Sauce
This is a great barbecue sauce for pork and chicken.

Sweet Mustard Sauce
Here is a fruit-based version of a Carolina mustard sauce.

Hot Smoke Finishing Sauce
This finishing sauce is absolutely delicious! You can add it to all sorts of grilled and smoked meats.

Bourbon Sauce
This sauce works well on steaks and chops. It's does wonders for venison steaks too.

Apple Barbecue Sauce
A delicious apple-flavored barbecue sauce. This sauce would work well with pork ribs or with chicken.

Apple City Barbecue Sauce
This award-winning sauce enhances just about any barbecue. Some barbecue sauce is very thick and just sits on top of the meat. This sauce is smooth and on the thin side, and it seeps down into the meat.

Cajun Barbecue Sauce
This rich and tart yet spicy sauce is sure to liven up anything from grilled chicken breasts to pork chops.

Green Chile Barbecue Sauce
This barbecue sauce gets a healthy dose of chiles to heat it up. You can adjust the heat by using hot or mild peppers.

Hot Chile Pepper Barbecue Sauce
This barbecue sauce has a lot of flavor and a lot of ingredients. You can adjust the heat by changint the amount of peppers you add.

Strawberry Habanero Barbecue Sauce
Combining sweet with heat is a great way to get the perfect barbecue sauce. This sauce can be used on anything but is particularly good on chicken and pork.

Owensboro Mutton Barbecue Sauce
This isn't like most any barbecue sauce you have seen. This is the traditional barbecue sauce of Western Kentucky Mutton Barbecue.

Plum Barbecue Sauce
This barbecue sauce is sweet and flavorful with a great fruity flavor. You will find this is a great sauce for pork and chicken.

Black Cherry Barbecue Sauce
This sweet barbecue sauce has a great flavor from the combination of cherry soda, cherries and cherry jam. While you might think this a strange barbecue sauce the taste is fantastic and it works well on most any kind of meat.

Molasses Barbecue Sauce
This sweet barbecue sauce has a little tomato and a lot of flavor.

Honey & Boubon Barbecue Sauce
The combination of good Kentucky Bourbon with honey makes a great barbecue sauce, the likes of which have been used in the South for longer than people can remember.

Raspberry Barbecue Sauce
You can make your own raspberry vinegar by adding fresh or frozen raspberries to regular white vinegar and letting it sit for a couple of days. This recipe has a sweet, tart flavor that is perfect on pork, poultry or fish.

Country Bumpkin Squeeze Sauce
This is a recipe I got from someone's family picnic - I asked for it knowing I was never going to get it and low and behold it had already been written down for me. It is the perfect "squeeze on" sauce I have ever had.

Sweet Cherry Barbecue Sauce
This sweet barbecue sauce really is very good. Try it on chicken. Remember, since this barbecue sauce has a good dose of sugar in it you don't want to put it on foods while they are cooking because it will burn quickly. You can add it right on the end as you are getting ready to remove items from the grill.

Apricot-Habanero Barbecue Sauce
You probably didn't think about making a barbecue sauce out of fruit. Well this sauce is sweet and hot. It works perfectly on poultry and pork. If you make it in advance the heat from the habanero will have time to mix with the other ingredients.

Maple Syrup Barbecue Sauce
Mike Renchko sent me this great recipe for a thick, sweet barbecue sauce that has a great flavor. This barbecue sauce works best on pork or poultry.

Savory N Sweet Mustard Sauce
This mustard and vinegar based barbecue sauce is perfect on any kind of pork, grilled or smoked.

Chinese Barbecue Sauce (Char Sui)
The traditional Chinese barbecue sauce doesn't have any tomatoes, but it does have a lot of flavor. This thick sauce works perfectly on any grilled or smoked foods, but like most barbecue sauces can burn because of the sugar content so use it only at the end of cooking.

Best Odds Rib Sauce
This is a classic barbecue sauce for ribs. The combination of flavors adds to the ribs, but doesn't overpower them. If you add this sauce to ribs while they are still cooking make sure it doesn't burn. The sauce should be rich and thick, not black and burned.

Peach Barbecue Sauce
This is a great barbecue sauce that doesn't look anything like barbecue sauce. The sweet fruit flavors add to most anything you can grill or smoke but is particularly good on poultry.

Beer and Balsamic Barbecue Sauce
Lee Custer sent me this great barbecue sauce recipe. He gives you the option of using tomato paste or ketchup and while both are good they each give a unique take on the classic barbecue sauce recipe. If you haven't tried using tomato paste or tomato sauce for that matter, give it a try. You get a richer tomato flavor than with ketchup.

Robert Murch's Southern Barbecue Sauce
Robert Murch sent me this recipe for a great southern style barbecue sauce that combines tomato, vinegar and mustard into one sauce. Perfect for practically anything.

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
This is a classic style barbecue sauce with the added smokey flavor of chipotles (smoked jalapenos). You can buy or make your own chipotles.

Mango Barbecue Sauce
This unique barbecue sauce combines fresh tomatoes with mango to make a sweet sauce heated up a little by chili peppers. This is a great sauce to add an authentic South American flavor.

Sweet Bourbon Sauce
This tomato based sauce is sweet with a tangy taste from the bourbon. A great general barbecue sauce for practically anything.

Honey Mustard Barbecue Sauce
This sweet mustard sauce works great on poultry and pork.

Burning Tomato Barbecue Sauce
This tomato based sauce has a lot of Louisiana Sytle hot sauce to give it a good heat. You can adjust that heat how you want.

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
This barbecue sauce uses the great flavor of chipotles giving it heat and a great rich flavor. You need to rehydrate the chipotles before you make the sauce or you'll get dry chucks of chiles.

Sweet Finishing Sauce for Brisket
This is a side sauce, meaning that you put it on the table and let people add it to smoked brisket if they want. Traditionally barbecue is never made with the sauce on it. It's the diner who gets to decide about sauces.

Wicker's BBQ Sauce
This vinegar based barbecue sauce works equal well as a mop.

Sheila's Backyard Barbecue Sauce
This barbecue sauce has it all from orange juice to mustard. I suggest you make this one in large batches so you have it on hand. You can omit the liquid smoke if you want.

Barbecue Sauce Base
What to make your own perfect barbecue sauce? Try this base to get you started. This recipe will give you a good, thick tomato sauce that you can then add the flavor you want.

North Carolina BBQ Chicken Sauce
Smoked and pulled chicken takes half the time of pulled pork and gives you the fixings for a great barbecue sandwich. This sauce finishes off barbecue chicken perfectly.

Harrison Lee's Bar-b-que Sauce
This is fantastic if you are a spicy, burn those lips, fan. Great as a finishing sauce for brisket, or a hot marinade for chicken or pork ribs.

Cornell Barbecue Chicken Sauce
This is the famous sauce devised at Cornell University's Farm Home Extension sometime in the 1950's.

Black Jack Barbecue Sauce
Yes, this barbecue sauce calls for coffee. The coffee gives the sauce a unique flavor that is great on beef.

Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauce II
This is another barbecue sauce built on the foundation of whiskey. This is a good savory sauce with lots of flavor that works well either on the side or as a glaze at the end of cooking.

Cousin John's Barbecue Sauce
This is a great classic tomato based barbecue sauce. You can adjust the heat by changing the amount of hot sauce you add.

Basic Doctor Sauce
I know a lot of people who buy BBQ sauce at the store and then doctor them up the way they like. So I started collecting these recipes and refer to them as Doctor Sauces.

Robert Marshall's best ever BBQ Sauce
This is a good, thick and sweet barbecue sauce. By using tomato paste instead of ketchup, as most sauces do, you get a unique tomato flavor that really makes this sauce stand out.

Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce
You might not think of a cola as the base for a barbecue sauce, but the sweetness of the soda makes this a good, sweet sauce.

Cliff's Carolina Barbecue Sauce
This is a rich, tomato barbecue sauce with lots of flavor and some heat. If you want the sauce hotter double the amount of cayenne pepper.

Hickory Barbecue Sauce
This is a good, thin barbecue sauce that relies more on vinegar and beer than on tomatoes for it's base. You can omit the liquid smoke if you want.

Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce (diabetic)
I can not guarantee that this recipe is right for any restrictive diet. I have had requests for a diabetic Barbecue Sauce and this is the closest I could come up with.

Sweet Mustard Barbecue Sauce
This is a mustard based barbecue sauce, which might sound strange to a few people but is actually a great sauce. This combination of mustard and molasses gives meats a sweet and sour flavor.

Red Pepper Sauce
This is a hot barbecue sauce. Brush it on to meats at the end of cooking or serve it up on the side.

Southern Barbecue Sauce
This is a classic tomato based barbecue sauce with loads of flavor.

Southern Vinegar Sauce
This is a traditional Carolina style barbecue sauce. Notice that there is not tomato in this one, just lots of flavor.

Best Odds Pulled Pork Sauce
This is the sauce you add to pulled pork after it has been smoked and pulled. It is best to mix this sauce in while heating the pork over a low heat in a pot of slow cooker.

Best Odds Pulled Pork Table Sauce
Traditional barbecue pork, or pulled pork is served with a sauce on the side. This table sauce is a classic combination of cider vinegar for sour, brown sugar for sweet, tomato for color and cayenne for heat.

Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauce
This is not only a great barbecue sauce, but a very unique one. If you are not big on the classic tomato sauces try this one that is loaded up with mushrooms and whiskey.

Mustard Paint
This is an old style mustard based barbecue sauce. This recipe is for a sauce for smoking or grilling slabs of ribs, pork loins, pork butts, pork tenderloins, ham, chicken and/or any other meat.

Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce
If you havent' tried a mustard based barbecue sauce then you are really missing out on something. This sauce is great on most anything, particularly pork.

Mustard Sauce
If you havent' tried a mustard based barbecue sauce then you are really missing out on something. This sauce is great on most anything, particularly pork.

Savory Rib Sauce
This is a thin and flavorful barbecue sauce that works well applied to ribs towards the end of cooking or as a dipping sauce served at the table. Add extra cayenne to heat it up if you want.

Jack Daniel's Rib Glaze
Use this barbecue sauce on any kind of ribs right at the end of cooking. You want the sauce to cook on the surface of the ribs, but you don't want it to burn.

Piedmont Barbecue Sauce
This is the classic Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce. Typically served on smoked pork (at the table), this thin, vinegar based sauce has lots os flavor and adds a lot to any barbecue.

Walter Jetton's Barbecue Sauce
This sauce is attributed to President Johnson's Pitmaster, Walter Jetton.

Memphis Rib Sauce
This is the traditional Memphis style barbecue sauce. It is served on the side as a dipping sauce and not applied to the ribs while they cook.

Tar-Heel BBQ Sauce
This recipe is attributed to the Rev. Frank Purvis of Hassel, North Carolina.

Kansas City Rib Sauce
This is a great Kansas City style barbecue sauce. This is the sauce to use for Kansas City ribs, rich, thick with a tomato base.

Classic BBQ Rib Sauce
There is a flavor that is great BBQ Ribs. This sauce helps you get there whether you smoked your ribs low and slow for hours, or baked them in the oven. This BBQ Rib Sauce has a touch of heat, a touch of smoke and a lot of flavor.

Alabama White Barbecue Sauce
This traditional Alabama Barbecue Sauce is based on Mayonnaise and not tomato sauce, vinegar or any of the other traditional barbecue sauce bases. Like many barbecue sauces you want to apply this only at the very end of your grilling or smoking. It will breakdown and seperate if it is heated too long. Use this barbecue sauce on chicken and...

Basic Barbecue Sauce
This classic tomato style barbecue sauce relies on tomato sauce and paste, not ketchup. This gives it a more distinctive flavor while giving you an authentic barbecue sauce. If you want a smoky flavor try adding 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke to the sauce.

Big Daddy’s Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce
Big Daddy says, "This is Carolina style barbecue sauce, meaning that it is vinegar and mustard based, as opposed to the ketchup and molasses based sauces of the mid- and southwest. It combination of sweet and tangy flavors bring out the absolute best in grilled pork or chicken."

Best Ever Barbecue Sauce
This is the classic barbecue sauce, heavy on the tomato with a wide range of flavors to make any barbecued foods taste even more authentic.

Carolina Red
This recipe is a great table sauce for Pulled Pork. Blending both the vinegar and tomato traditions of North Carolina into one, this recipe captures the best of both worlds.

Argentinian BBQ Sauce
This is a very traditional Argentinian barbecue sauce recipe.

BBQ Rum Sauce
This sauce is based on a basic tomato style barbecue sauce and then gets a kick from a little rum. You won't taste the rum (much) but it works excellently to combine the other flavors and enhance what you put it on. This BBQ sauce is great on ribs.

Traditional Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
I know that people are either going to agree that this is the traditional Kansas City Barbecue Sauce or they are not. There is a lot of variation in barbecue in Kansas City and a lot of different sauces. This one fits the bill though, sweet and spicy, thin enough to pour easily and without molasses.

Plum-licious Barbecue Sauce
This is a thick, sweet kind of barbecue sauce that is perfect for chicken and even smoked BBQ ribs.

Georgia Mustard Sauce
In northern Georgia and the western Carolinas barbecue sauce starts with mustard. Sometimes it gets some sweet and sometimes it gets some heat. This tangy mustard sauce has a touch of heat and is the perfect barbecue sauce for pulled pork, but don't be afraid to try it on chicken or ribs.

Southwestern-Style Barbecue Sauce
This Southwestern inspired sauce is great on beef, chicken, and pork. Use as a basting sauce while grilling or simply serve on the side. The lime juice, chili powder, and cumin blend beautifully with the tomato base creating a mouthwatering taste experience for your next cookout.

Old Fashioned Mustard Sauce
How about trying a mustard sauce that starts by cooking bacon. This rich, and savory barbecue sauce is perfect for pork whether you grill it or smoke it. This is also a great sauce on burgers.

Brisket Barbecue Sauce
A classic barbecue sauce that is perfect for so much more than smoked brisket. You might just want to make up a large batch of this great sauce for every use.

Apricot-Chili Glaze for Chicken
Rich with sweet apricot flavor and the boldness of Asian inspired ingredients, this barbecue sauce is perfect for chicken. Given that this is a somewhat sugary glaze, take care not to allow flare-ups on the grill as this can burn the chicken. Monitored properly, this barbecue sauce will perfectly coat and caramelize on the meat, rendering a...

Balsamic-Cherry BBQ Sauce for Chicken
Sweet and tart from the cherry preserves and balsamic vinegar, this barbecue sauce is perfect for any cut of chicken. Slather this rich and flavorful glaze on wings, thighs, breast meat, or on a rotisserie chicken. Adjust the chipotle chili powder to your liking or simply replace with plain chili powder to add an earthy flavor with less heat.

Apple BBQ Sauce
You probably wouldn't think of applesauce as the base for a barbecue sauce. However, this recipe combines concentrated apple flavor with traditional ingredients, yielding a mouthwatering barbecue sauce specifically designed for grilled chicken. Be sure to pick an unsweetened applesauce so it doesn't turn out too sweet.

Better BBQ Chicken Sauce
Simple yet delicious, this barbecue chicken sauce is easy to make and packed with flavor. Reminiscent of the barbecue sauces of yesteryear, this sauce will bring forth nostalgic memories of childhood cookouts and summer evenings. Try this barbecue sauce the next time you grill chicken and be pleasantly surprised.

Smokey Chicken Sauce
Whether on smoked or grilled chicken, this barbecue chicken sauce will add extra flavor to your freshly cooked bird. This sauce works well on anything from rotisserie chicken to thighs, drumsticks, or even wings. So, slather on this sauce for tasty treat.

Caribbean Chicken Sauce
Infused with colorful Caribbean flavors, this sauce has a hint of jerk style components that adds a powerful kick to grilled chicken. If serrano peppers are too spicy, use a milder jalapeno. If you are a seasoned hot pepper eater, then by all means, add 1 seeded habanero to the sauce as your pepper base. Enjoy this sauce thickly slathered on...

Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Sauce
A deeply rich sauce, bursting with sweet bourbon and tomato flavor, this barbecue sauce is a great accompaniment to chicken. Whether grilling breasts, thighs, or drumsticks, you'll fall in love with this bold, but delicious chicken sauce.

Chipotle Red Wine BBQ Sauce
Subtly flavored with chipotle chili powder and red wine, this tomato based barbecue sauce is a perfect addition to beef ribs. It can also be used as a side sauce for flank steak, beef roasts, and brisket.

Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce
Sweet, spicy, and smokey, this sauce adds a fantastic tomato-jalapeno flare to beef ribs.

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce
What the perfect barbecue sauce for turkey? This recipe can be made up to top off all that leftover turkey. Makes a great addition to smoked turkey.

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