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    The 15 BEST BBQ Sauce Recipes

    Summer is upon us, and that means it time to fire up the grill. If you’re wondering how to make barbecue sauce, we have you covered!

    We’ve compiled this list of great homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes to give your summer a big flavor boost.

    From traditional Kansas City and Memphis barbecue sauces, to Alabama white and Carolina mustard, you’ll find BBQ sauces from all different regions of the country, and even a few from outside the country.

    Whatever you’re grilling, there’s the perfect sauce to pair it with here. Go through all of these great barbecue sauce recipes, they’re going to bring new energy to your cookouts!

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    The Best Barbecue Sauce Recipes:

    1. Homemade BBQ Sauce

    Everyone should have a good barbecue sauce recipe, and this first item on our list is a great all around sauce. It’s a well balanced blend of sweet and tangy that works well with any kind of meat.

    Get the Recipe @ themodernproper

    2. Bulgogi Sauce (Korean BBQ Sauce)

    This easy Bulgogi Sauce recipe is too good. A harmonious blend of flavors, Korean BBQ sauce just might be our favorite marinade yet. 

    With just a few ingredients, you can whip up a bulgogi marinade that rivals even the best Korean restaurant. Just try it and see.

    Get the Recipe

    3. Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

    Kansas City BBQ Sauce is a blend of tomato sauce, honey, molasses, vinegar and spices. One of the sweetest and thickest styles of barbecue sauce, it’s especially great with grilled meats.

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    4. Tangy Memphis BBQ Sauce

    In contrast to KC style, Memphis BBQ Sauce is much thinner and tangier, thanks to a good dose of vinegar. The consistency is perfect for pulled meats.

    Get the Recipe @ barefeetinthekitchen

    5. South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

    South Carolina BBQ Sauce is very unique. Unlike most recipes, the base is not tomato, but rather mustard. It’s tangy and spicy, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely need to!

    Get the Recipe @ selfproclaimedfoodie

    6. North Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce

    In North Carolina, vinegar is the star. This is easily the tangiest of all the sauces on this list, as well as the most liquidy. It is especially good with pulled pork.

    Get the Recipe @ asouthernsoul

    7. Alabama White Sauce

    Alabama Barbecue Sauce is one of the most unique BBQ sauce recipes. It has mayonnaise as its base, and gets a good kick from horseradish. Give this one a try at your next cookout!

    Get the Recipe @ houseofnasheats

    8. Sweet Baby Ray’s Copycat BBQ Sauce

    Sweet Baby Ray’s is the most popular brand of BBQ sauce in America, and for good reason! This recipe is a great copycat is you want to make those same flavors in your own kitchen.

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharvest

    9. Bourbon BBQ Sauce

    This Bourbon BBQ Sauce has big bold flavors thanks to liquid smoke and, you guessed it, bourbon. It’s zesty rather than sweet, and goes great with just about any meat.

    Get the Recipe @ afamilyfeast

    10. Pineapple Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

    This sweet Pineapple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce is perfect for when you want to give you barbecue some tropical vibes. This one pairs well with pork or chicken.

    Get the Recipe @ bonappeteach

    11. Honey BBQ Sauce

    This honey BBQ Sauce is a good all round sauce, that goes well with just about anything. It has a medium consistency and sweetness, with a bit of tang.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    12. Texas BBQ Sauce

    Texas BBQ Sauce is fairly thick, and has a more robust tomato flavor than most barbecue sauces. It also has cooked onions, rather than powder.

    Get the Recipe @ heygrillhey

    13. Spicy Mango Jalapeño BBQ Sauce

    Both spicy and sweet, we love the Mango Jalapeño BBQ Sauce. It has a deep, complex flavor that will really enhance your grilling season!

    Get the Recipe @ vindulge

    14. Blackberry BBQ Sauce

    When fresh blackberries are in season, you need to try this Blackberry BBQ Sauce. It has an outstanding flavor that goes especially well with chicken.

    Get the Recipe @ beyondthechickencoop

    15. Chinese Barbecue Sauce

    Chinese BBQ Sauce is sweet and savory, with distinctive hints of ginger and Chinese five spice. Try it in place of your regular barbecue sauce, you’ll love these new flavors!

    Get the Recipe @ omnivorescookbook

    So there you go, fifteen amazing BBQ Sauce recipes for you to try. They will all look so great on the table the next time you want an easy but fancy dinner.

    Save or pin this collection of barbecue sauces so you always know where to find it. And be sure to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new easy recipes for you!

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    15 BEST Homemade BBQ Sauces

    These easy homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes will bring all sorts of new flavors to your summer cookouts!


    • ketchup
    • molasses
    • sugar
    • vinegar
    • mustard
    • seasonings


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