9 Best Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Get ready for grilling season (or anytime you need a saucy addition to dinner) with this collection of our favorite barbecue sauces. From sweet to spicy to vinegary and all combinations thereof, we’ve got you covered. Or slathered, if you prefer.

Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce

Ridiculously easy to make yet complex as heck in taste. Slightly sweet with only a hint of heat. Kid-tested and adult-approved.
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Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

This tangy vinegar-based barbecue sauce, typical of eastern Carolina-style 'cue, is exactly what you want—nay, need—for anything you pull from your smoker or grill.
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Chipotle Maple Barbecue Sauce

This indescribably must-have-more-of-this sauce boasts the complex sweetness of maple syrup and the smoky spice of chipotle peppers. Slather it at will.
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North Carolina Barbecue Sauce

This isn't your typical sweetly gloppy barbecue sauce to squirt onto burgers or dogs. This is thinner and tangier than most and it's something sorta special.
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Spicy Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

The secret ingredient to this spicy sauce? Nope. Not bourbon. We said secret. It's smoked ketchup. (Yup. You heard correctly.) Bacon, too.
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Alabama White BBQ Sauce

A creamy mayo-based barbecue sauce that's just as enticing as any of its tomato-based counterparts...due in no small part to its surprise jolt of mustard and horseradish.
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Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Sauce

This sweetly spicy little number wooed us from our very first spoonful, banishing bottled barbecue sauce forever from our pantries.
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North Carolina Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

A little tangy and not too sweet, this North Carolina style barbecue sauce is juuuuuuuuuust right.
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Korean BBQ Sauce

This Korean BBQ sauce is as easy and as authentic as can be. It's also sticky, sweet, spicy, gingery, garlicky, and exponentially more spectacular than anything store-bought.
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