3 Delicious Barbecue Sauces

3 Delicious Barbecue Sauces

Make one of our tasty, homemade barbecue sauces and fire up the grill.

Barbecue sauce can be a source of pride depending on where your hometown is. Luckily, you don’t have to travel to North Carolina or Kansas City to get a sauce that’s finger-lickin’ good.

1. Kansas City Style Sauce
This classic sauce is sweet and tangy and the one most people think of when someone mentions barbecue sauce. Whether it’s on ribs or a juicy grilled chicken breast, this sauce brings out the savory aspect of grilled meat and is a complement to the deep, smoky flavors from the barbecue.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes

1 bottle (32 ounces) of ketchup
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup molasses

All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

2. Carolina Style Sauce
If you’ve never had Carolina-style sauce, you’re only experiencing half of the barbecue spectrum. It’s a thinner sauce — one that isn’t so much slathered on as it is a true complementary blend of flavors that moisturizes and kicks up the natural flavors of the meat with a healthy dose of heat.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: None


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2 cups vinegar (can be split between distilled and cider — feel free to experiment)
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

As for making it? Just combine all the ingredients in a bottle with a tight lid or jar and give it a shake. Put it in the refrigerator overnight to let all the flavors blend into a wonderful, thin spicy sauce.

3. Root Beer Barbecue Sauce
Sounds strange, right? If you’ve never tried it before, root beer barbecue sauce is a delicious, sweet and savory addition to any meat on the grill.

1 1/2 cups root beer
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup pulp-free orange juice
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon garlic power
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika (optional)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in saucepan
  2. Bring mixture to boil while stirring occasionally
  3. Bring heat down to simmer until reduced to desired consistency
  4. Let cool and transfer to a bowl or jar

No matter which sauce you make, everyone around the table will be hooked! And if you have any extra left over, pour it in a mason jar, add a label and gift it to your favorite hostess. Or add it to a set of spatulas, tongs and an apron, for a wonderful grill set Father’s Day gift!

You be the judge! Which barbecue sauce comes out on top for you? Tell us in the comments section below!

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