The Ultimate Guide of Barbecue Sauce & Spice Rub Recipes

Barbecue sauce comes in a variety of flavors and colors.
Barbecue sauce comes in a variety of flavors and colors. | Source

For people who come from areas where barbecue does not reign supreme, it may be a shock to discover that there are numerous types of barbecue sauces. If you were to glance at the barbecue sauces available at your local grocery store, you would likely only find basic tomato based sauces. However if you did a web search and spent time researching barbecue techniques and sauces, you would realize that almost every region of the country has its own barbecue sauce recipe.

This uniqueness is what makes barbecue special, and can keep a pulled pork sandwich or rack of ribs from ever getting boring. Fans of barbecue should bookmark this site so that you have a chance to experiment with every type of sauce available. Spread the word if you know of others who enjoy barbecue above all other types of food. And feel free to share your recipe or links to your favorite recipes in the comments section. Let everyone know which sauce you call your favorite.

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Kansas City Sweet Sauce Recipes

A delicious sandwich loaded with barbecue sauce
A delicious sandwich loaded with barbecue sauce | Source

When you think of traditional barbecue sauce, this is probably what comes to mind. It is the most common sauce in the country, but not necessarily the most popular depending on where you are from.

It's a tomato-based sauce which derives its sweet taste from brown sugar or molasses. Many of the barbecue sauces sold in grocery stores today are based off this style.

South Carolina Mustard Sauce Recipes

A barbecue sandwich with the distinct color of mustard sauce.
A barbecue sandwich with the distinct color of mustard sauce. | Source

Carolina Mustard Sauce is distinguished by its beautiful yellow color. Rather than using tomatoes as the base of this sauce, it combines mustard with sugar and vinegar in order to create a unique flavor.

Memphis Dry Spice Rub Recipes

Not all BBQ requires sauce. Try a dry rub instead.
Not all BBQ requires sauce. Try a dry rub instead. | Source

The beauty in barbecue in Memphis is that it traditionally does not even use sauce to add flavor to it. Rather, most barbecue establishments in Memphis lean towards using a dry spice rub made up of a variety of ingredients.

One of the benefits of the rub is that it can be used on a variety of meats, not just pork and chicken.

Lexington Dip Recipes

Lexington Dip barbecue sauce boasts a thinner consistency than most people are used to when they think of barbecue sauce.

The sauce is powered by vinegar, pepper, and a hint of tomato sauce for flavor. It definitely packs more heat than some of the sauces mentioned above.

Tennessee Whiskey Sauce Recipes

A Tennessee whiskey sauce made by Jack Daniels
A Tennessee whiskey sauce made by Jack Daniels | Source

Like the name suggests, the magic in this sauce comes from the splash of whiskey added to the other ingredients. Many types have been used in the past, with Jack Daniels being the most popular.

In addition to the whiskey, the sauce also incorporates brown sugar and molasses to give it a sweet taste.

Alabama White Barbecue Sauce Recipes

A barbecue chicken sandwich topped by Alabama White Sauce
A barbecue chicken sandwich topped by Alabama White Sauce | Source

Probably the most unusual sauce of the bunch, Alabama White Sauce is not based on tomatoes or mustard but rather on mayonnaise.

The sauce combines mayo with vinegar and pepper to complement grilled chicken. It is pretty rare, but maybe worth a try the next time you grill chicken.

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What Is Your Favorite Style of Barbecue Sauce? Share Your Comment Below! 7 comments

dddougal 4 years ago

Wow great list man. It would be nice if we were actually getting a good enough summer to enjoy a nice bbq in the UK!


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slappywalker 4 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY Author

What's the weather like out there dddougal?

You may want to try making some barbeque chicken or pulled pork in the crock-pot if it's too cold to go outside. That's usually what I do during the winter months around here.

I'll try to post a few recipes on here one day soon.


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Miller2232 3 years ago from Florida

BBQ is the only sauce I would use on a steak or pork. I also love eating BBQ sandwiches as well.


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slappywalker 3 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY Author

I can be the same way sometimes. Instead of asking for steak sauce at a restaurant, I used to just ask if they had any bbq sauce that I could use instead. I love the variety.


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Wow, this is just right for me as I love BBQs (needless to say, I'm from Texas). Thanks for the list! Now I have lots more BBQ sauce recipes to experiment and enjoy with. Voted up, useful, awesome and shared. :)


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slappywalker 3 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY Author

Hey iguidenetwork! I'm glad this one helped you out. I'm a barbecue lover myself, and one of the things I love the most is how many different styles there are across the country. It keeps the food from ever getting boring! Let me know which ones you end up enjoying the most.


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nadinartglass1 20 months ago from Israel

ooo,

love it ;)

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