Mouthwatering Barbecue Sauces

Whether you prefer thick and spicy or thin and tangy, these homemade barbecue sauces will add a kick to classic grilling recipes.

  • Tangy Coffee Barbecue Sauce
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    Tangy Coffee Barbecue Sauce

    The addition of brewed coffee to a tomato-based barbecue sauce adds a whole new depth of rich flavor. This zesty condiment is great with grilled steaks, pork, or chicken.
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    Tangy-Sweet Barbecue Sauce

    Make a quick, 5-ingredient barbecue sauce for grilled chicken or pork by adding apricot jam, honey, soy sauce and vinegar to ketchup. You can even use it as a dipping sauce along with an assortment of other sauces when you’re entertaining guests this summer.
  • Peachy Barbecue Sauce
    Lee Harrelson

    Peachy Barbecue Sauce

    Enhance the flavors of ham, pork, and chicken with this delicate, summery fruit sauce. The chili sauce and vinegar balance out the peach preserves' sweetness, while the cloves add a hint of spice.
  • Maple-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
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    Maple-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

    Strong-flavored meats like lamb, game, or beef can stand up to this bold sauce featuring adobo chiles, aromatic spices (like cloves and coriander), and maple syrup. It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to prepare, but is well worth the effort–and the majority of that time is devoted to baking the garlic cloves, not hands-on prep work.
  • Four-Alarm Barbecue Sauce
    Lee Harrelson

    Four-Alarm Barbecue Sauce

    This dipping sauce is a great alternative to the usual shrimp cocktail sauces, and relies on a secret ingredient–a can of Coca-Cola! One reviewer even compared it to a wings sauce. For more heat, make sure you use the jalapeño seeds or chop up a second pepper.
  • Thick-and-Robust Barbecue Sauce

    Thick-and-Robust Barbecue Sauce

    This Kansas City-style sauce is similar to nationally branded barbecue sauces like KC Masterpiece. The ketchup thickens it up a bit, while the cider vinegar and onion add tang. Pair with steak, pork, burgers, or chicken and baste during the last 10 minutes of cooking, then serve additional sauce with the meal.
  • Sweet Mustard Barbecue Sauce

    Sweet Mustard Barbecue Sauce

    Sauces from the Carolinas tend to be vinegar-based; this is a sweeter and thicker version of a traditional South Carolina sauce. Like all homemade sauces, you can make substitutions or alter the quantities of ingredients to personalize this sauce to your own tastes and preferences.
  • Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
    Lee Harrelson

    Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

    Homemade sauces tend to be much lower in sodium than commercial sauces, making them a great alternative for those watching their salt intake. This sauce gets its deep flavor from the variety of spices and other sauces that go into it–feel free to make substitutions to suit your own tastes. It's best with grilled chicken and paired with a side of coleslaw and baked beans.
  • Tangy Barbecue Sauce

    Tangy Barbecue Sauce

    Use this tomato-based sauce for dipping, dressing up sandwiches, or as a glaze brushed on during the last 15 minutes of cooking. The sorghum, a type of molasses, lends a touch of sweetness to the mixture, though the lemon juice and hot and Worcestershire sauces keep it from being overwhelming.
  • Quick Barbecue Sauce
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    Quick Barbecue Sauce

    When you need a barbecue sauce at the last minute, you can't go wrong with this 6-ingredient, 5-minute sauce. And all of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry.
  • Tomatillo Barbecue Sauce

    Tomatillo Barbecue Sauce

    A far cry from a tomato-based barbecue sauce, this sweet and tangy yellow sauce is made with fresh green tomatoes and tomatillos. It's great for basting grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp.
  • White Barbecue Sauce

    White Barbecue Sauce

    At many barbecue joints across the South, white barbecue sauce is the sauce of choice. It's generally a mayonnaise-based sauce, made tangy with the addition of vinegar, horseradish, and mustard. Fans of white sauce say that once you've doused your barbecued chicken in this sauce, you'll never go back to red.
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