You'll want to have a few barbecue sauces on hand this grilling season to slather onto meats and veggies. The right one can turn even bland ingredients into something unique and boldly flavored -- and it’s good to remember that homemade barbecue sauce is healthier, tastier, and cheaper than store-bought. Arm yourself for the summer grilling season with these 25 recipes for barbecue sauces that will take meals to the next level.
Habanero is becoming a popular chili for its intense heat as well as fruity and floral flavor. In some areas, chilies may be expensive, so using just one of something that packs a lot of punch is an easy way to incorporate the flavor without going over budget.
Recipe: Food Babbles
This sauce has everything and the kitchen sink, which creates layers of flavor that are especially good on meats that don't have a lot of flavor on their own, such as chicken breasts. Since there are so many elements, feel free to play around with omitting or adding to customize to your taste.
This recipe is dedicated to the belief everything is better with bacon. In addition to being delicious, adding bacon to the sauce is a money-saving hack -- it gets the flavor into everything without having to use as much of the real thing in the dishes themselves.
Recipe: The Kitchen Whisperer
Adding a bit of sweet and fruity mango and aromatic spicy curry creates so many flavors in one sauce that it will make virtually anything taste good. Use this sauce to spruce up things other than meats, including rice and noodles, to create inexpensive meals.
Recipe: Food Faith Fitness
Anyone who has tried a recipe using coffee to bring out the flavors in beef chili or steak knows the two make quite a pair, drawing on the rich earthiness from each ingredient. Adding a small amount to sauce creates a similar depth of flavor for barely any added cost.
Recipe: Genius Kitchen
Often more tart and aromatic than sweet, raspberries do well in savory recipes. This recipe uses aromatic garlic and rich, minerally molasses to highlight the bright overtones of raspberries, adding a hint of freshness to the otherwise classic sauce. Use fresh summer berries or frozen.
Recipe: Taste of Home
Miso paste is full of umami, with a salty tang that also provides healthful probiotics. A small amount offers enough flavor to replace a lot of the sodium found in store-bought versions. Miso stays good in the fridge for months, making it an ideal go-to condiment to add savory flavor to dishes.
Recipe: Key Ingredient