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Top 10 Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Most Popular and Best Barbecue Sauce Recipes


Barbecue Sauces come in all kinds of flavors, colors, and types. Everyone knows the thick, sweet sauces found on the shelves of most grocery stores. However, there is so much more to barbecue sauce than these bottled condiments. These 10 barbecue sauce recipes represent the best and the most popular sauces on my site. From thin, vinegar sauces to thick, tomato sauces to mustard based sauces there is something for every kind of barbecue and for everyone. Try something new and amp up your outdoor cooking repertoire.

1. Big Daddy's Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce

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Big Daddy says, "This is Carolina style barbecue sauce," which means that it is a vinegar and mustard based sauce, as opposed to the ketchup and molasses based sauces of the mid and southwest. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors brings out the absolute best in grilled or smoked pork and chicken.

2. St. Louis Barbecue Sauce

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St. Louis Barbecue Sauce is thinner and more tangy in 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 of sauce. However, this sauce has many of the elements that make up St. Louis Barbecue.

3. Classic BBQ Rib Sauce

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There is a certain flavor associated with great BBQ Ribs. This sauce helps you to achieve that, whether you smoke your ribs low and slow for hours, or bake them in the oven. This BBQ Rib Sauce has a touch of heat, a touch of smoke, and a lot of deep rich flavor.

4. Kansas City Rib Sauce

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This rich, thick, tomato based barbecue sauce recipe is often associated these days as Kansas City Style. You get a traditional combination of sweet with a touch of heat in a dark and thick tomato sauce. Adjust the heat accordingly, by changing the amount of cayenne.

5. Memphis Barbecue Sauce

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

6. Best Odds Pulled Pork Sauce

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This sauce is added to pork after it has been smoked and pulled. It is best to combine it with the pork in a large saucepan or a slow cooker over low heat. This vinegar BBQ sauce has a hint of heat and a little bit of sweet, which makes it a perfect for pork.

7. Piedmont Barbecue Sauce

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This is a classic Carolina style Barbecue Sauce. Typically, it is served on smoked pork at the table. While this sauce is of the thinner, vinegar based variety, it contains lots of flavor. This vinegar BBQ sauce comes from the region of the Carolinas north of the mustard belt. This sauce adds a tangy flavor that is perfect for pork, but simply put, a great sauce for almost anything.

8. Mustard Sauce

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If you haven't tried a mustard based barbecue sauce then you are really missing out on something. This sauce works well with almost anything, but particularly pork. This is a variation of a favorite sauce from the western part of the Carolinas and Northern Georgia. It is a great way to add savory flavor to meat, but this sauce was invented for smoked pork.

9. North Carolina BBQ Chicken Sauce

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Smoked and pulled chicken takes half the time of pulled pork and is a wonderful alternative to the barbecue sandwich. This sauce finishes off barbecue chicken perfectly, as it is a vinegar based sauce that is not only tangy, but has a hint of sweet, and the savory combination of Worcestershire and steak sauces. This helps to enhance the smokiness of the chicken.

10. Jack Daniel's Rib Glaze

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Use this barbecue sauce toward the end of cooking and make sure to keep the temperature low. You want the sauce to cook on the surface of the ribs, but try not to let it burn. With the long simmer time of this sauce, the alcohol is going to evaporate, leaving behind a hint of whiskey flavor.

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