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30 Award-Winning Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipes (Must-try!)

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Tangy and sweet, thick and spicy, mustard based, or tomato based, are just a few of the many varieties of barbecue sauces there are. No matter what you are in the mood for something particular, or want to try something new, this collection of recipes is sure to satisfy anyone hankering for a good barbecue sauce.


Refined Sugar Free Barbecue Sauce

In today’s war on processed and over refined foods and ingredients, one of the hardest areas to escape finding these things is in condiments. With this fairly simple recipe though, you can enjoy some nice barbecue sauce that is free of refined sugars and full of flavor.



Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Cherries may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to barbecue, but this home cook uses their natural tang and sweetness to make one kicking sauce. Great for chicken and pork, or a nice cut of steak, this one is great for use with the grill.



Quick and Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

When you are in a pinch and need something with a bit of barbecue flavor, try this quick and easy sauce. The basic ingredients use the hearty sweetness of molasses with the tang of apple cider vinegar to create a classic barbecue taste.



Homemade Real Food Barbecue Sauce

Tired of all the high fructose corn syrup and junk in their favorite of the shelf barbecue sauce, this clever mom came up with a real foods solution. Using a blend of spices and natural sweeteners, this recipe is great for people looking to keep things real.



Whoopsie Barbecue Sauce

Sometimes mistakes can lead to great discoveries, and in the case of this recipe, that is exactly what happened. Based loosely on their favorite recipe, when one dad didn’t quite read the measurements correctly, it lead to a new and arguably tastier creation.



Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Usually if soda is getting poured into a cooking mix, it tends to be Coke, Sprite, or 7 Up, in this recipe however, the unique mix of flavors in Dr. Pepper are what jazz up this fairly uncomplicated homemade barbecue sauce.



Tangy Carolina Barbecue Sauce

In Carolina barbecue style sauces, you will almost always find mustard with a tang of vinegar. While this one uses a blend of flavors, including mustard, it lends itself to being a mix of flavors that will transports your taste buds to the South.



Homemade Peach Barbecue Sauce

If you like your barbecue sweet with a bit of fruitiness, this is the sauce for you. Made with peaches and a nice blend of spices, like cinnamon and paprika, this is definitely on the sweeter, and tangier side of the line.



Semi-Homemade Barbecue Sauce

This recipe for barbecue sauces comes with a few bonuses; it is gluten and soy free, and it comes with a great suggestion for how to use it with pulled pork. Classed as semi-homemade, mainly because they suggest using a store bought ketchup, you can easily substitute your own homemade version.



Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Sauce

Apricots help with the sweet factor in this sweet and tangy recipe, while a nice blend of spices and apple cider vinegar give it a good and tangy kick. It is perfect those who enjoy a good balance to flavors in their sauce.



Quick and Easy Barbecue Sauce

When this recipe says quick, it means quick. Made from rather common ingredients, this one would be great to whip up in a pinch. Calling on spices like cumin, mustard, and paprika, it definitely falls into the category of a spiced and tangy recipe.



Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce

Keeping things Vegan and budget friendly can be a real challenge at times. With this quick barbecue sauce though, you can have both. Made using simple ingredients, you can pair it with your favorite veggies or tofu on the grill for a great barbecue experience.



NO Sugar Added Barbecue Sauce

This recipe doesn’t call for any added sweeteners like honey or molasses. What it does use though is pineapple chunks and plenty of seasoning. If you are trying to avoid processed sugars, you may want to dice up your own pineapple, or use fresh chunks to avoid the syrup it is often canned with.



Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

Another unusual choice of soft drinks for recipes is root beer, but in this barbecue sauce it has a key role in the unique and robust flavor. Using a short list of ingredients, this recipe definitely on the sweeter side of sauces.



Real Food Easy Barbecue Sauce

Using real foods and interesting additions, such as fish sauce, red wine vinegar and mustard, this barbecue sauce is definitely one of a kind. Inspired by Kansas City sauces, it is a much healthier take on traditional recipes, or what you might find in stores.



Homemade Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Nothing can add kick to a sauce like Tabasco and cayenne pepper, and this recipe calls for both. Along with other spices like mustard and pepper, this is definitely one homemade barbecue sauce that will kick your taste buds and wake them up with flavor.



Homemade Kansas City Barbecue

In this take on a Kansas City sauce, liquid smoke and red wine vinegar are used to help boost the flavor without adding too many calories to the mix. Easily a lighter alternative to store bought sauces, this recipe uses a lot of spices to help turn up the flavor.



Easy Whole Food Barbecue Recipe

Using basic ingredients, this whole foods recipe keeps things simple and tasty. The only ingredient that may be tricky is the Worcestershire sauce, though they recommend a brand that keeps with the whole food principles. If you can’t find it, just be sure to check the labels on those available.



Homemade Barbecue Sauce With Rib Recipe

This recipe comes with the advice of using it with ribs, though it can applied to any dish that barbecue is desired. It calls for a nice mix of traditional flavors and ingredients, with just a few exceptions such as vegetable oil and Ancho chili pepper powder.



Homemade Paleo Barbecue

Following the Paleo guidelines for food preparation and ingredients, this recipe can help add some barbecue flavor to your dishes. This recipe includes instructions for how to vary it between regular, tangy, sweet, and spicy overtones, which makes it extremely versatile and handy to have.



Brian’s Barbecue Sauce

Made in honor of a dear friend, this sauce uses hearty ingredients like black strap molasses to produce a bold and rich flavor, reminiscent to their friend’s bold personality and enriching life. Other unique ingredients like horseradish Dijon mustard and two kinds of chili make this a spicier sauce as well.



Whole 30 & Paleo Compliant Barbecue Sauce

Following both the Paleo and Whole 30 guidelines, this barbecue sauce has a long list of ingredients that include a wide mix of flavors. Described as having a nice balance between savor and sweet, this sauce is even rumored to being approved by the cook’s picky eater.



Sweet N’ Spicy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Based on sauces that are common in the Western half of South Carolina, this sauce gets its sweet and spicy attributes from ingredients such as minced jalapenos and dark brown sugar. Other ingredients also lend to this balance between being sweet with a kick, like spicy brown mustard and apricot preserves, which overall lend to a rather complex mix of flavors.



Sweet and Mild Barbecue Sauce

While the cook behind this recipe touts is as the best sauce ever, that is something each person will judge for themselves. The basic recipe results in a sweeter sauce, but there is a recommendation for how to adjust it to tone down this attribute.



Homemade Barbecue Sauce Made From Pantry Staples

If you are into canning and preserves, then you are likely to have the ingredients listed on hand. There are several variations given, depending on how you may want to tailor the flavor, but the basic sauce calls for things like flavored vinegar and apple butter.



Sweet n’ Smoky Barbecue Sauce

Using a nice mix of ingredients, this basic barbecue sauce can be used as a dip or baste. Cayenne and chilli, along with two different kinds of paprika blend with brown sugar and apple cider vinegar to help develop nicely spiced sweet and smoky flavors.



Homemade Signature Barbecue Sauce

When the cook behind this recipe decided to make a formal recipe for her signature sauce, she went with the flavors she likes best. Using chipotles en adobo (chiptle pepers canned in red sauce), and smoke paprika with pineapple juice give the overall flavor profile a bit of spiciness and smokiness with a touch sweetness.



Homemade Healthy Barbecue Sauce

Using organic, raw, and unsweetened ingredients, this sauce is packed full of flavors that anyone can enjoy. Taking the fruity path, it calls for applesauce and honey, which are balanced out by liquid smoke and seasonings for an overall smoky and sweet sauce.



3 Ingredient Barbecue Sauce

Easily the most uncomplicated recipe for barbecue sauce in existence, this three ingredient sauce is literally just ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar. Designed to be very thrifty, is uses all the basic elements found in many traditional red barbecue sauces.



Bourbon & Bacon Barbecue Sauce

Not for young cooks, this bourbon and bacon sauce is packed full of deep flavors. Using real, pan cooked bacon in all its goodness, the rich undertone of bourbon, and mix of traditional seasonings, like mustard and dark molasses, this sauce is guaranteed to be a culinary treat.

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