29 Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes to Try

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There are so many different types of BBQ sauce recipes from all over the world. Just in the southeastern US, you’ll find many types with different levels of smokiness, spiciness, and sweetness. They range from white sauces to gold and yellow.

What is barbecue sauce?

Barbecue sauce, also called BBQ sauce, is a condiment that’s typically made with vinegar, tomato paste, brown sugar, and spices like paprika, cayenne and horseradish. There are many regional variations of BBQ sauce, with different ingredients and ratios of each.

Some recipes add mustard for an extra tangy flavor. White sauces use mayonnaise for a milder base, but still add some spices to make it flavorful. Common additions to BBQ sauce include Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and lemon juice.

How to Use BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce is often used as a marinade or basting for meats cooked on a grill or smoker. It can also be used as a dipping sauce or served on the side. It’s also great for leftover pulled pork and other batch cooking meat recipes.

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BBQ sauce in a bowl on a table

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipes