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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.

Donna Florio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Want to get creative with your cookout? Try one of our favorite homemade BBQ sauce recipes.

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