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25 Barbecue Sauce Recipes for Grill Season

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Barbecue Sauce Ribs

Sauce Panache

Slathering homemade barbecue sauce onto meats and veggies instead of opening a bottle can take your grilling to the next level and save you a trip to the grocery store. The right sauce can turn even bland ingredients into something unique and boldly flavored — not to mention that homemade barbecue sauce is generally healthier, tastier, and cheaper than the best store-bought bbq sauces. Arm yourself for the summer with these barbecue sauce recipes.

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North Carolina Vinegar Sauce
North Carolina Vinegar Sauce by Joshua Bousel (CC BY-NC-SA)

Carolina Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

This tangy, light sauce is vinegar-based with a few seasonings, making what may be the cheapest sauce for adorning grilled meats. This quick and easy recipe is also super-low in calories, balancing out other rich elements of traditional barbecue. 

Recipe: A Fork’s Tale

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Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce
Mango-Peach-Habanero Barbecue Sauce
Mango-Peach-Habanero Barbecue Sauce by Isabelle Boucher Follow (CC BY-NC-ND)
Peach Barbecue Sauce
Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
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Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Canned chipotles in adobo take a simple sauce to the next level with their intense smoke, mild heat, and pungent umami flavor. Starting from canned tomatoes, rather than a prepared condiment, makes the recipe super cheap. 

Recipe: Delightful E Made

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Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce
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Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce

Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce

Texas is generally known for rubs rather than sauces. Along with a handful of inexpensive seasonings such as mustard, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce, it's the butter in this recipe that gives the sauce body and a rich Texas flair. 

Recipe: Taste of Home

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Mississippi-Style Barbecue Sauce
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Cajun Barbecue Sauce

Cajun Barbecue Sauce

Spicy Cajun seasoning kicks up the flavor profile of anything, including sauces. This thick and intensely pungent condiment is based on low-cost vegetables such as peppers and onions with a host of fiery spices. 

Recipe: Louisiana Travel

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Bacon BBQ Sauce
Pineapple Barbecue Sauce
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Honey Barbecue Sauce
Wild Blueberry Sauce
Wild Blueberry Sauce by Scott Veg (CC BY)
Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce
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Buffalo Barbecue Sauce
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Smoky Barbecue Sauce
Bacon Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

This Bourbon-infused sauce is full of classic southern flavor with hints of sweet, toasty vanilla. The alcohol cooks off in the process, making this safe for the entire family while retaining a bit of a kick. 

Recipe: Allrecipes

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Mexican Barbecue Sauce
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Korean BBQ Sauce
Mango BBQ Sauce

Mango Curry Barbecue Sauce

Adding a bit of sweet and fruity mango and aromatic spicy curry creates so many flavors in one sauce that it makes virtually anything taste good. Use this sauce to spruce up foods other than meat, including rice and noodles, to create inexpensive meals. 

Recipe: Food Faith Fitness

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Chinese Barbecue Sauce
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Smoky Scotch Barbecue Sauce
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Coffee BBQ Sauce

Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Anyone who has tried a recipe using coffee to bring out the flavors in beef chili or steak knows that the two make quite a pair, drawing on the rich earthiness of each ingredient. Adding a small amount to sauce creates a similar depth of flavor for barely any added cost. 

Recipe: Genius Kitchen

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Raspberry Barbecue Sauce

Raspberry Barbecue Sauce

Often more tart and aromatic than sweet, raspberries do well in savory recipes. This one uses aromatic garlic and rich molasses to highlight the bright overtones of raspberries, adding a hint of freshness to an otherwise classic sauce. Use fresh summer berries or frozen. 

Recipe: Taste of Home

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Miso Barbecue Sauce

Miso Barbecue Sauce

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 sauces. Miso stays good in the fridge for months, making it an ideal go-to condiment for adding savory flavor to many dishes.

Recipe: Key Ingredient

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