20 Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes
Take ribs, wings, and pork to the next level with these easy and delicious homemade barbecue sauce recipes.
Take it from our Test Kitchen, there are more than just a few ways to make a delicious homemade BBQ sauce and depending on your protein, or even your postal code, your BBQ sauce craving might incorporate a variety of flavors. For those of us who love poultry, North Alabama’s famous vinegary white BBQ sauce can’t be beat when drizzled over freshly smoked chicken. If your favorite smoked meat happens to be tender pulled pork, we suggest eating it like a South Carolinian by putting it on a bun with a generous serving of spicy mustard-based sauce. And if you can’t get enough of ribs and brisket, try our thick tomatoey Kansas City style barbecue that’s robust enough even for beef. Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find a BBQ sauce recipe you’ll love right here.
Cola-and-Coffee BBQ Sauce
Recipe: Cola-and-Coffee BBQ Sauce
Two caffeine sources in one BBQ sauce? Sounds great. Pair this slightly sweet, bitter, and nutty sauce with smoked beef ribs.
Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce
Recipe: Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce
Your favorite sugary soft drink is the secret ingredient to this multi-dimensional BBQ sauce.
Honey Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Honey Barbecue Sauce
If you like your 'cue sweet, then this is the sauce for you. This quick Honey Barbecue Sauce also includes lemon for acidity and freshness.
Alabama White BBQ Sauce
Melting Pot BBQ Sauce
Recipe: Melting Pot BBQ Sauce
This recipe combines several regional BBQ sauce components to make one melt-in-your-mouth sauce.
Fancy Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Fancy Barbecue Sauce
Upgrade your bottled BBQ sauce with just a few extra ingredients to make this Fancy Barbecue Sauce.
Texas Red Sauce
Recipe: Texas Red Sauce
This classic BBQ sauce is heavy on the ketchup and vinegar, with cumin, allspice, and chili added for that warm barbecue flavor.
Tamarind Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Tamarind Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Forget honey: tamarind, a fruit used frequently in Asian and Mexican cuisine, is the key to this unique BBQ sauce's tart, tangy flavor. The fruit's sweetness complements the spice of chipotle to make a well-rounded sauce.
El Sancho Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: El Sancho Barbecue Sauce
Turn up the Texas on this sweet and spicy barbecue sauce by stirring in 1/4 cup of reserved brisket drippings just before serving.
Tangy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Tangy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce
This sweet and tangy sauce brings a unique flavor combo to the table that we know you'll love. Our recipe makes three cups and only takes 10 minutes to whip together. Just process four cups of strawberries with remaining ingredients until smooth. Serve on grilled chicken, drizzle over salad, or serve anytime as your go-to spring condiment.
Sweet Pepper-Peanut Sauce
Mole Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Mole Barbecue Sauce
Mole Barbecue Sauce is the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican dish. Top on your favorite tostadas, enchiladas, or tacos for a delicious meal.
Sweet-and-Tangy Tomato Barbecue Sauce
Bring pit-barbecue flavor to the backyard.
Curry-Apricot Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Curry Apricot Barbecue Sauce
The combination of kick from the curry and sweetness from the apricot preserves is perfect.
Spicy Honey-Lime Barbecue Sauce
The citrus and spice in this sauce is enough to win any guest over.
Thick-and-Robust Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Thick-and-Robust Barbecue Sauce
The first nationally-branded barbecue sauces were likely based on a Kansas City-style sauce like this one—thick, tomatoey, and sweet, with just a hint of hot.
Sticky Stout Barbecue Sauce
Peach Barbecue Sauce
The peach barbecue sauce with fragrant fresh ginger is a perfect match for pork.
Sweet Tomato BBQ Sauce
Recipe: Sweet Tomato BBQ Sauce
This sweet homemade barbecue sauce is the perfect gift for a grillmaster. This sweet-and-stick sauce makes 3 (8-ounce) containers, so keep one for yourself.
Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce
With spice from jalapeño and crushed red pepper, plus sweetness from honey and dark brown sugar, this Sweet-and-Spicy BBQ sauce hits all the right notes.