The 4 BBQ Sauces Every Southerner Should Know

Get to know these four by heart.

BBQ sauce is a household staple in the South. We put it on our chicken, pulled pork, and smoked sausage. It's true, Southerners do not mess around with their 'cue – or their sauces. While we have our favorite grocery store brands if we're in a time-crunch, we strongly believe homemade always tastes better. We created four savory BBQ sauces that are incredibly easy to make and showcase the best that the South has to offer. Our four tried-and-true sauces are the Carolina Mustard Sauce, Memphis Sweet Sauce, Vinegar Barbecue Sauce, and Alabama White Sauce. Some basic barbecue information that's important to know is that these sauces match perfectly with certain types of meat. They go together like sweet tea and biscuits or peas and carrots. Mustard sauce pairs with smoked sausage and sweet sauce pairs with ribs. Vinegar sauce is best served with pulled pork and white sauce on smoked chicken. If you want to impress your guests at your next backyard get-together, mix up a batch of these tangy homemade sauces. Trust us, it might even taste better than your favorite local BBQ joint.

BBQ&A Traditional Sauces
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Carolina Mustard Sauce

Mustard, brown sugar, and honey come together to make a classic mustard sauce. This sauce is the perfect combination of tangy and sweet. It's best served drizzled over smoked sausage and alongside a side of coleslaw.

Memphis Sweet Sauce

We're giving the ultimate ode to the regions of Memphis, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Just one taste of this bright red sauce brings us back to our favorite local BBQ joint. Pour this smoky and sweet sauce on ribs or smoked chicken.

Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

Vinegar sauce is the simplest to make of all the sauces but it sure knows how to pack the flavor. Grab a mason jar and shake up this sharp and sweet sauce. It's guaranteed to instantly bring the heat to your BBQ. This vinegar sauce is best served on pulled pork or ribs.

Alabama White Sauce

Alabama white sauce is exclusively meant for smoked chicken. This secretive sauce is a mayonnaise and vinegar concoction that instantly balances the flavor of the smoked chicken. There's only one way to make sure your chicken is smothered in white sauce, the dunk method. Use tongs to place your chicken in a large bowl of sauce. It's not a Southern BBQ without the classic Alabama White Sauce.

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