11 BBQ Sauces You Can Make at Home

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#1 Meathead Goldwyn’s Classic Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce

This is Meathead’s (Meathead Goldwyn, that is)”ultimate barbeque sauce recipe. So thank him for having you, even if he never met you, and vote him President of the United States:

5 oz tomato sauce (1 can)

1/2 cup molasses (1/2 cup, not cup and a half).

1/4 Tsp Cayenne

Whisk to combine. Use on any meat, of course, but it’s particularly good on ribs, beef and pork, especially smoked, and on poultry, like chicken, duck, and turkey.

Ingredients (like tomato sauce) may be bought at full or reduced sugar. Which you choose is up to you. And by the way, tomato paste is different than tomato sauce.

#2 Competition Worthy Barbecue Sauce (It’s So Good It’s Still Kinda Secret)

Competition barbecue sauce takes the art of barbecuing to a whole new level. The process of making barbecue starts when you close the lid of your grill and ends when you open your bottles of sauce.

The key to this whole game is to manage the temperature of your grill over a prolonged period of time. You don’t want to burn your meat but you do want it to be nice and tender and juicy.

The difference between good and competition barbecue sauce is that competition barbecue sauces should be thick and sticky. These sauces should have the color of honey. They should not easily slide off from your meat and should have a layer of caramelization. And this is only achieved after grilling for hours ideally for 12 hours.

#3 Vinegary Carolina Barbecue Sauce

Combine red wine vinegar and brown sugar in a medium saucepan.

Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer.

Mix in:

  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika (smoked)
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • onion powder

Remove the saucepan from the heat and transfer to a glass jar to cool.

Strain the sauce before using.

#4 White Alabama Sauce (Perfect With Chicken, Turkey and Pork)

The Alabama white barbecue sauce was supposedly created by white guys who needed the ketchup based sauce to hide the red color of their ribs. Ketchup along with a few other ingredients creates perfect mayonnaise type of sauce that goes perfectly with your meat and chicken.


A Dash of Black Pepper


In a bowl, whisk the ketchup, sugar, red wine vinegar, yellow mustard and Apple cider vinegar together until all the ingredients are well combined. Add a dash of black pepper and salt to the bowl, and whisk the mixture again until it is smooth. Pour in a clean bottle and seal it with a lid. Store the sauce in the refrigerator and use within 2-3 weeks.

#5 Chocolate Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Learning how to make barbecue sauce at home lets you control what goes into it, and because it’s much easier in most cases than marinades, you get a much fresher sauce.

This means you can use fresh ingredients, and you won’t have to worry about leaving meat out for hours on end. It’s also a great way to make a sauce for a specific dish. Maybe you want it to be hot. Maybe it’s best to keep it simple, or maybe you want to make something sweet.

It’s your sauce. You choose what goes into it. And I say go crazy. Garnish your burger with it, brush it on something steamed or grilled, use it to top a steak … the world is your oyster.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 peeled chopped tomato
  • 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp. chopped chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce (sauce only)
  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. white distilled vinegar

#6 Kansas Style Sauce – Perfect for Pulled Pork

A Kansas City classic sauce made with beer and molasses. Typically, the sauce has a heavy tomato flavor. The sauce is sweet rather than spicy.

#7 Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce (If You Are a Fan of Sweet and Tangy Sauces, Give This One a Go)

This is one of your coolest recipes for cooking outside. Mustard contains mustard seed which is a strong background taste known to add flavor to barbecue sauce.

It is also perfect for those who love of Jamaican Jerk BBQ. Mustard also contains vinegar which is one essential in the perfect BBQ sauce.

What you will need:

  • 8 ounces of Brown Sugar
  • 3 oz of white vinegar (any vinegar will do)
  • 8 oz of water
  • 3 teaspoons of mustard
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • You can also add some hot sauce to taste


  • Mix all the ingredient into a saucepan and heat them until the sugar dissolves
  • Remove them from the heat and transfer them to glass bottles

#8 Whiskey Peach Barbecue Sauce

#9 Texas Style Barbecue Sauce

Texas barbecue is all about layers of flavor.

There is quite a bit of debate as to what qualifies as true Texas barbecue. Some folks say it’s a matter of spice, while others think it’s all about the meat.

When it comes to the numerous sauces that can be used in Texas barbecue, there are two camps: tomato-based vs. mustard-based.

If you love the taste of tangy, vinegary and spicy southern barbecue sauce, this Texas Style Barbecue Sauce recipe is for you!

2 Cups White Whiskey

1 cup hot sauce (I use Texas Pete, although any hot sauce will do).

1/2 Cup White Vinegar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted.

1 TBSP Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl, and baste the ribs, chicken, brisket or anything else you like!

Honey Chile Barbecue Sauce

I love to use honey in sauces and sweet/spicy in my rubs. I was pleasantly surprised to see this combination included in this recipe from Pitmaster by James Royal, and it works!

#10 Quick and Easy Barbecue Sauce

The best thing about barbecuing is that you can slather your meat with any sauce you want. Cooking is supposed to be fun, so why not make something unique?

Almost all good cooking starts with what you put on your burner. You can't make a good steak without good sauce and the same goes for barbeque.

I collectively call all sauces that go between the grill and the hot dogs "sauce".

The 10 sauces in this article are as versatile as most people are when using them. You can use them for cooking and for basting depending on whether you're cooking or grilling. Some are hot and some are mild. Some are mild and some I can't call mild because, well, they are extremely hot.

If you're cooking with gas you can use a spray bottle to apply it to the meat or whatever else you're cooking on your grill. If you're using a charcoal grill, you can use a grill basting brush to apply the sauce to your meat.

There are barbecue sauce brushes that you can use to cover the meat in sauce. These BBQ sauce brushes can often be anchored to the cooking surface and can hold a lot of sauce.

#11 Apple Butter Sauce (Good Enough to Eat by the Spoonful)



Texas Style Smoked Beef Short Ribs Recipe

I’ve got the recipe for you today on how to prepare smoked beef short ribs. But first, I want to share a Texas-sized story with you that will take you back to the good old days.

A few years ago, a Texas rancher was spending time with his wife in their Houston hotel room. The wife was from the east and was used to room service in high end hotels. That night, the wife was griping and complaining about where they had eaten dinner and the food they’d consumed. The next morning the husband went to get a loaf of bread and lunch meat for a lunch to take on the road. As he was going down the elevator, a group of bellboys met him carrying large covered trays. When the door opened, he found his wife in a fancy hotel dining room with the waiter waiting by her table. The waiter immediately presented her with a candle-light lunch.

“What do you want to do for dinner?” the husband asked.

“I’m not cooking,” she said, “I’m ordering room service.”