How to Make the Best Barbecue Sauces and Spice Rubs
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
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.
- Kansas City Rib Sauce - Barbecue Sauce Recipe
This is a rich, thick, tomato based Kansas City style barbecue sauce recipe. Adjust the heat by changing the amount of cayenne.
- Classic Kansas City Barbecue Sauce - Fine Cooking Recipes
Both this sauce and the Memphis sauce for barbecued chicken are tomato based. This Kansas City sauce is a little sweeter and, with the addition of butter, a little more round in flavor.
- Kansas City Barbecue Sauce Recipe | MyRecipes.com
Thick, tomato-rich Kansas City sauces are sweeter than those from other barbecue regions. While commercial renditions can overdo the sugar, this version (inspired by the scrumptious Gates Original) balances sweet with spice.
- Kansas City Barbecue Sauce - Barbecue Sauce Recipe
This variation of the traditional Kansas City BBQ Sauce is a thick sweet sauce with a touch of heat to give it a little kick. This is a great barbecue sauce on BBQ Ribs.
- Kansas City Barbecue Sauce Recipe | Simply Recipes
Kansas City barbecue sauce, a rich tomato-based sauce that is just as sweet as it is spicy.
South Carolina Mustard Sauce Recipes
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.
- Mustard Based BBQ Sauce Recipe - Allrecipes.com
This is a great version of the traditional mustard based bbq sauce. Most sauces are ketchup based, but in the South we prefer the mustard variation. You oughta try it at least once.
- The Galley Gourmet: South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce
- South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce Recipe :: The Meatwave
South Carolina mustard barbecue starts with an ingredient list similar to any other barbecue sauce, but tips the scale in mustard's favor.
- South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce Recipe | Simply Recipes
Not all barbecue sauces are red. Enjoy this tangy South Carolina barbecue sauce made with yellow mustard, onions, vinegar, sugar, and cayenne.
- Barbecue Sauce Recipe: Columbia Gold, A South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce Recipe
In Mid-South Carolina, from around Columbia to the coast around Charleston, barbecue sauce is yellow, not red. Here's a quick and easy classic South Carolina mustard sauce. Tangy.
Memphis Dry Spice Rub Recipes
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.
- Memphis Rub - Barbecue Rub Recipe
In Memphis the Rub is the most important ingredient aside from the meat. Often ribs are served with only a rub and without sauce. This means that this barbecue rub has to provide all the flavor to make Memphis Style Barbecue.
- Rub Recipe: Meathead's Memphis Dust
Here's an award winning recipe for a classic Memphis style barbecue dry rub that's great on pork, chicken, fish, beef, and veggies.
- Memphis Rub Recipe - Allrecipes.com
This zesty rub will bring out the best in ribs and other meats. Try it on chicken!
- Memphis Style Rib Rub - Barbecue Rub Recipe
In Memphis, ribs are traditionally served up dry. This doesn't mean that the meat is tough and dried out, there just isn't a barbecue sauce. This traditional Memphis barbecue rub recipe is the base of a great rack of pork ribs.
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.
- Lexington-Style Bbq Sauce Recipe at Epicurious.com
Find the recipe for Lexington-Style Bbq Sauce and other vinegar recipes at Epicurious.com
- NC Barbecue Society - Piedmont Lexington-Style Dip
- Sauced: Lexington Dip | Serious Eats : Recipes
As we hit the last stop on this barbecue sauce trail (after Kansas City and Memphis), we cross the Appalachians into western North Carolina to find a similar set of ingredients, but a sauce that's starkly different.
Tennessee Whiskey Sauce Recipes
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.
- Tennessee Whiskey Barbecue Sauce Recipe | Relish.com
Stay true to the Tennessee roots of this sauce and use Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey for this...
- Hank\'s Barbecue Sauce Recipe | Simply Recipes
Outrageously good homemade barbecue sauce with molasses, chili, onion, lemon juice, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and bourbon.
- Bourbon Barbecue Sauce recipe
Recipe for bourbon barbecue sauce
Alabama White Barbecue Sauce Recipes
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.
- Alabama White BBQ Sauce
- Alabama White Barbecue Sauce - Barbecue Sauce Recipe
This traditional Alabama Barbecue Sauce uses Mayonnaise as its base rather than tomato sauce, vinegar, or any of the other traditional barbecue sauce bases.