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Top 10 Brisket Sauce Recipes

The Most Popular and Best Brisket Barbecue Sauce Recipes


There are few things better than barbecue brisket. What makes it even better is the perfect barbecue sauce. A good, rich barbecue sauce adds flavor to smoked brisket whether it is sliced to chopped, but the most important benefit is the moisture it adds. Barbecue Brisket can dry out quickly, either in the smoker, or more likely once it is cut up for serving. To prevent the meat from getting too dry you want to add a little sauce. Whether you like it slathered or lightly brushed with sauce, these barbecue sauce recipes are exactly what your brisket is asking for.

1. Texas BBQ Sauce

In Texas, BBQ Sauce is a sweet and spicy mixture of tomatoes and spices. Somewhat old fashioned when compared to popular sauces of today this sauce starts with a stock. It takes a little more time to make this barbecue sauce, but is definitely worth the effort for its rich flavor.

2. Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

This variation of the traditional Kansas City BBQ Sauce is a thick sweet sauce with a touch of heat and vinegar to give it a little kick. This is a perfect general barbecue sauce for so many things but I know you will find it the right barbecue for your smoked brisket. This sauce has a little kick for a healthy dose of cayenne. If you want to tame it a little, cut the cayenne in half.

3. Sweet Finishing Sauce for Brisket

If you need a quick and easy barbecue sauce for brisket, this is the one. You probably have the ingredients on hand. The great thing about this sauce is that while it has a sweet flavor, to doesn't overpower the flavor you have spent so much time developing in your smoked brisket.

4. Southern Barbecue Sauce

This rich, tomato based has a spicy kick to it, making it perfect for barbecue brisket. Don't worry about it being too spicy, but if you want to make it something to really stand out, add a little extra cayenne. This is a great sauce that can be ready to use in as little as 10 minutes.

5. Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

This barbecue sauce has a real kick. Spicy and flavorful, if you want to add a lot of extra flavor to your smoked brisket, this is a great sauce to top it off. If you are afraid of the heat, cut the amount of chipotles in half.

6. Hickory Barbecue Sauce

Where most of the barbecue sauces that are so good on smoked brisket are thick and heavy on the tomato, this is a thinner sauce with a tart flavor. If you want to stay away from the sweet, then this is a great sauce to try. While the liquid smoke used in this recipe is optional, it is a great way to add some extra smoke flavor to your barbecue brisket.

7. Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce

This is a quick and easy way to make a great tasting barbecue sauce. The cola adds sweet while the tomato, brown sugar, and vinegar adds the rich tangy flavor that is so perfect for smoked brisket. Don't worry about the fizz from the cola, it will dissipate after a few minutes in the sauce pan.

8. Red Pepper Sauce

This barbecue sauce really kicks up the heat. Use this hot and spicy barbecue sauce on brisket only if you are brave enough. I do recommend that this be one sauce you serve on the side. Let your guests decide just how brave they are, but you should have a milder sauce ready for those who are not so brave.

9. Golden Carolina BBQ Sauce

Yes, mustard barbecue sauces are a mainstay of Carolina barbecue where pork is king, but this sauce is so much more. If you want to take a trip away from the traditional tomato based barbecue sauces, this is a great one for brisket. This great sauce is certainly worth trying and a great way to add some variety to your brisket barbecue.

10. Walter Jetton's Barbecue Sauce

Walter Jetton was President Johnson's favorite caterer and pitmaster. Jetton prepared his barbecue, Texas style of course, for some of the most important people of the 1960's. This classic style barbecue sauce starts with a stock and is perfect for brisket giving it a barbecue flavor from long ago. It is interesting to point out that Texas style barbecue sauces evolved from something we today would call gravy.
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