Gettin' Saucy: The South's Best Barbecue Sauce

Armed with loaves of white bread, pulled pork, and antacids, our Food staff sampled nearly 100 bottles of barbecue sauce to distill the pack down to this sweet, smoky, vinegary baker's dozen
Article by Donna Florio, Produced by Jennifer V. Cole

Night of the Living Bar-B-Q Sauce
Kansas City, KS. For chipotle fans: fiery yet sweet; $4. oklahomajoesbbq.com

Lambert's Sweet Sauce O'Mine Original 
Olive Branch, MS. Honeyed tomato with a touch of apricot; $3.50. ssomd.com

King's Famous No. 2 Barbecue Sauce 
Petersburg, VA. A tart, assertive blend of mustard, tomato, and vinegar; $4. kingsfamousbarbecue.com

Okie Steak House Barbecue Sauce 
Stroud, OK. Sweet and thick with a chili powder kick; $5. okiesteakhouse.com

BBQ Fight Club Kickin' Chicken White Sauce 
Nashville, TN. A peppery come-back sauce; $9. 615/329-1234

Hillsdale Bank BAR B.Q. The Sauce (Hot) 
Hillsdale, KS. Thick, sweet, and smoky; $4. hillsdalebankbarbq.com

Saw's Sauce
Birmingham, AL. Just right: not too sweet, hot, or vinegary; $5.50. sawsbbq.com

Whole Hog Cafe Sauce #2 
Little Rock, AR. Lightly smoky tomato-vinegar with a warm finish; $7. wholehogcafe.com

Hog Heaven Barbecue Sauce 
East Brewton, AL. Sweet and balanced; $4. 800/865-2262

Abe's Bar-B-Q Sauce 
Clarksdale, MS. Zippy with a punch of Worcestershire; $23 for 3 pt. abesbbq.com

Harold's Hog Wash 
Fayetteville, TN. A clove-tinged, authoritative mustard; $6. haroldshogwash.com

Jim's Own Mild Barbecue Sauce 
Cary, NC. Sweet, peppery tomato with subtle floral notes; $6. jimsownsauce.com

Wadmalaw Island Barbecue Sauce 
Wadmalaw Island, SC. A bright and peppery twist on a classic mustard sauce; $5. wadmalawislandbbq.com