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Best BBQ Sauce Recipe For Marinating and Grilling

Updated on April 12, 2017

The Best BBQ Sauce Recipe

You don't live in the southern USA and not become very familiar with several of the best BBQ sauce recipes ever created. I'm going to share one of those barbeque sauce recipes with you and just in time for your next cookout.

I was raised in the south and then lived several years in Memphis, TN where they have the great Memphis In May BBQ contest every year. Every one of the contestants feature their prize winning barbecue sauce recipes.

When I lived in Memphis, I took for granted that you could buy a particular brand of barbeque marinade called Wickers BBQ marinade and basting sauce. I had no idea that you could only buy this brand in that part of the country. I now live in the Pacific NW and no one has ever heard of Wickers BBQ marinade here.

When I decided to write this article I wanted to find a recipe that is very similar to the barbecue marinade that I used in my BBQ sauce recipe and I think I have found one! Read on as I share this recipe with you and the things that I added to it to make it even more special.

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BBQ Sauce Recipe
BBQ Sauce Recipe

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This BBQ Sauce Recipe is actually in two parts. The first part is what you will use as a marinade for whatever you are barbecuing at your next cookout.

I found the Wicker's BBQ Sauce recipe for the marinade here if you would like to go and see it.

This recipe is very spicy so keep that in mind. If you don't like a spicy hot taste to your BBQ recipe, maybe just try the first part of the recipe as a marinade and then leave the marinade out of the second part of the recipe.

If you enjoy your BBQ sauce spicy, make it even spicier if you want!

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min


  • 1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • A-1 Sauce
  • Heinz BBQ Sauce
  • Hunts BBQ Sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients and cook for 5-10 minutes to dissolve the spices.
  2. Cook on medium low temperature as you do not want to burn or scorch the ingredients.
  3. Place all your meat that you want to barbecue in a deep glass bowl and pour the mixture over all the meat until coated. Cover the meat with plastic wrap and marinade overnight.
  4. The marinade recipe above makes about 1 1/2 cups total.
  5. ***Next is the Second Part to the recipe.***
  6. I like to use some of the marinade to mix with my favorite BBQ sauces to make a really spicy and tasty sauce.
  7. Using the above recipe, you can cut the amounts down and make a smaller fresh batch to mix for this second part of the recipe.
  8. I wouldn't use the marinade that has been on the meat overnight for the second part.
  9. Each time I would make the recipe a bit different and there wasn't an exact measurement to it. Just make it to suite your taste.
  10. Take about a 1/2 cup of marinade and mix with any or all of the following:
  11. Worcestershire Sauce
  12. A-1 Sauce
  13. Heinz BBQ Sauce
  14. Hunts BBQ Sauce
  15. I would take a dollop of one and add two dollops of another two or three sauces depending on what I had available in the fridge at the time.
  16. Stir all together and taste. If it tastes good, you are ready to slather the mixture on the meat you are cooking while it is on the BBQ grill.
  17. Cook the meat slowly so that it will not char while cooking.
  18. ***Keep In Mind*** - Some of the sauces and the marinade have sugar in them so that will give the overall recipe a tendency to blacken while cooking if not cooked slowly.
  19. I have used this two-part recipe while cooking pork or beef roast in a huge crock pot. Turn the crock pot on low and pour on the mixture over the meat and maybe add a bit of water in the bottom of the crock pot as well.
  20. I can still remember the smell when coming home after the meat had been slow cooking all day and the meat was falling apart it was so tender. Yummy!
  21. Experiment and enjoy!
Cast your vote for Best BBQ Sauce Recipe

Wickers BBQ Squce - Original Flavor Wickers Marinade and BBQ Sauce

Wickers Sauce Original Marinade & Baste Bbq, 24-ounce
Wickers Sauce Original Marinade & Baste Bbq, 24-ounce

This is the Wickers Marinade and BBQ sauce that I used to buy when I lived in the south! It is now available for sale on Amazon. According to the information there, Wickers has been making their BBQ marinades for over 50 years! There are other flavors you can experiment with as well.


Recipes With Wickers Marinade and BBQ Sauce - BBQ Sauce and Marinade Recipes and Tips

If you would like to visit the official site of Wickers, I've posted some recipe links below and you can explore the site as well.

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More BBQ Sauce Recipes! - Find One For Your Next Party

If this Best BBQ Sauce Recipe doesn't quite do it for you, take a look at the others listed below.

Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce Recipe - Another Spicy BBQ Recipe

Memphis-Style BBQ Sauce Recipe
Memphis-Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

This recipe sounds like another spicy contender in my BBQ Sauce Recipe collection.

Made to be on the thin and less sweet side, it should make for some great glazing and layers of yummy goodness.

From the Serious Eats web site, check out the Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce Recipe and see if it doesn't have you salivating to give it a try!

What's Your Opinion?

BBQ Sauce Recipe
BBQ Sauce Recipe

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I would love to hear your thoughts about this recipe or Barbecue in general!

Do You Think You Will Be Trying This BBQ Sauce Recipe For Your Next Cookout?

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @Diana Wenzel: Hope you found a few you can use! Thanks for dropping by and for letting me know you understand how serious BBQ sauce is in the south. :)

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      BBQ sauce is serious business, especially in the south. It's practically a religion in Texas. Your sauces look amazing. Thanks for the recipes.

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      jan93 4 years ago

      I feel so hungry looking at this

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Though it's winter here, you've made me hungry for BBQ. Thanks, LOL!

      Thank you for featuring my Baked Beans. I'll be sharing your BBQ sauce on my Facebook page, Culinary Favorites from A to Z.

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      I love trying new things!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some times I have to ask myself why I come back to a yummy lens just to wish I had a dinner plate filled with goodies. :)

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I love home made BBQ sauce. This recipe looks great!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I would try this.

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      I like it spicy! Angel blessings.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious - I've been looking for a go-to barbecue sauce!

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      malena10 5 years ago

      I think a will, thanks

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I love BBQ sauce and I am certain I will be trying this recipe. Thank you! *blessed*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will definitely try this recipe. Thank you

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Mmm... I could go for some barbecue right now. Thanks so much for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      This does sound like a delicious BBQ sauce recipe! My husband tends to like the hot and spicy. I generally go for a bit milder sauce, but I am always game to at least try it.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      This sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Awesomeness! There is nothing like a good BBQ Sauce recipe.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Sounds easy to make and yummy too! Thanks for the recipe :>)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      Looks like a great BBQ recipe!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Yummy, this lens made me hungry even if I just had dinner. I will try this recipe out.

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Wow, I'm going to try out your recipe this weekend for sure since we have a pool party planned. Thanks for sharing!

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Yeah! We do BBQ every Sunday,... Namibians love to BBQ (or 'braai' as we call it)

      Will certainly give your sauce a try!

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      This sauce certainly sounds good, and I will have to try it sometime this summer!

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Yep, I can't imagine NOT trying this great sounding recipe. Looks delicious.

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      prikazen 5 years ago

      I definitively have to try it... Probably not for a fatherâs day, but I will :)

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I always love a good BBQ sauce recipe! I have to agree that the PNW is not Memphis when it comes to BBQ....I have been to Memphis =D

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      This sauce is so inviting!

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      My dad loves bbq, so I may just have to try this for Father's Day. I'm hungry now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will want to try the recipes. My mouth is just watering! Yum! :)