BBQ Sauces – What To Look For & Differences Between Them

BBQ Sauces are the perfect complement to any BBQ, especially if you’re looking for something to take your meat or veggies over the top. While most people believe that BBQ sauce can only be used on pork and beef, there are so many other amazing ways to use this delicious sauce.

What are the top 5 BBQ sauces?

You probably already know that barbecue sauce is a condiment, but do you know what it is made from? Barbecue sauce can be sweet, spicy, or smoky—and sometimes all three! It’s usually made from a combination of tomato paste and vinegar with some spices thrown in for good measure. As an American staple that has been around since the Civil War era (when soldiers would marinate their meat in vinegar), barbecue sauce has found its way into many different cuisines and dishes throughout history.

Some people use BBQ as a marinade for meats like pork chops or chicken wings before putting them on the grill; others like to dip their food into it like ketchup at a fast food restaurant. You can also apply it directly onto your cooked meats once they’ve come off the grill so they will get coated while remaining tender inside—this process is called glazing.

BBQ Sauce
BBQ Sauce

What is the most popular style of BBQ sauce?

There are many different styles of BBQ sauce, but the most popular are:

  • Kansas City style – a sweet and tangy tomato-based sauce with a hint of vinegar. It is often used as a marinade and can also be used as a glaze or basting sauce. According to the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the most common ingredients in this style are ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard powder (along with other spices).
  • Alabama white sauce – similar to Kansas City style in that it’s sweet and tangy, but made with mayonnaise instead of ketchup as its base ingredient. Also common ingredients include onion powder and garlic powder; some versions also have black pepper added for extra kick!
  • Texas style – has more smoky flavor than other styles due to using chipotle peppers instead of regular chili peppers (although both types can be used). It is usually applied after cooking so that it doesn’t burn off during grilling time – this makes sense since Texans live closer than most people do from their barbecue pit! If you enjoy spicy foods then this might be just what you’re looking for!

What are different BBQ sauces?

BBQ sauce is a type of sauce most commonly used to flavor meat cooked on a barbecue. It’s also known as barbeque sauce, BBQ sauce or simply bbq.

BBQ sauces can be made from scratch at home or bought pre-packaged. They are very simple to make and you only need a few ingredients: ketchup (or tomato paste), vinegar, brown sugar and spices like onion powder, garlic powder and paprika (to name just a few).

Texas BBQ Sauce


Salt and pepper to taste

Ketchup to taste (about a quarter cup)

A few dashes of vinegar (the type you like best will work)

A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce(optional)

Brown sugar to taste (about a half cup) The amount depends on how sweet or hot you want your Texas BBQ sauce. We recommend starting with 1/2 cup brown sugar and adding more until it tastes right! You can also add Tabasco, cayenne pepper or other spices if you like spicy foods.

Honey BBQ Sauce

  • This barbecue sauce is sweet and tangy, but it’s not too much of either. If you’re into sweet-and-sour sauce, this one will definitely be your jam.
  • The ingredients for this recipe are simple: ketchup, honey and mustard. You can use it with chicken or pork as well as beef, whether you’re grilling or cooking in the oven or on the stovetop.
  • Honey BBQ Sauce is an easy way to make a homemade barbecue sauce that tastes better than store-bought ones (in my opinion). It’s so delicious that I could eat it with a spoon!

Alabama White Sauce

Alabama white sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce that’s tangy and has a vinegar flavor. It’s similar to traditional barbecue sauces but with less sweet and more savory, making it ideal for chicken, pork or fish. The condiment is popular in the south of the US, where barbecue chefs like to use it on pulled pork sandwiches or smoked turkey wings.

Balsamic Vinegar BBQ Sauce

If you’re looking for a sauce with a tangy flavor and the ability to be used as both a marinade and condiment, then balsamic vinegar BBQ sauce may be right for you. This recipe is vegetarian-friendly because it uses soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauces, which contain anchovies.

bbq sauce recipe
bbq sauce recipe


  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar (optional)

Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce

Mustard is a great flavor to use in BBQ sauce. It’s sharp and tangy, with a hint of sweetness that adds complexity to the sauce. Mustard BBQ Sauce can be used on chicken, beef, pork or fish. You can use it as a marinade or dip for meat or vegetables before grilling them. You can also brush it on your cooked food after grilling for added flavor and color! Mixing mustard bbq sauce with other sauces will give you more options when creating different flavors for your dishes!

Sweet and Spicy Kansas City Sauce

bbq sauces

This sauce is an all-purpose sauce, but it’s a little on the sweet side. It’s not too sweet, though—it’s just right.

Also, this sauce is spicy enough to leave your lips tingling after every bite, but not so spicy that you can’t take it.

In short: Kansas City barbecue sauce is well balanced and delicious on any type of meat!

Strawberry Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar and water.
  • Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Add strawberries and jalapeños; stir to combine. Serve warm on grilled chicken or ribs

Maple Chipotle BBQ Ribs Recipe


  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Spicy Carolina BBQ Sauce

Spicy Carolina BBQ Sauce is a bold blend of vinegar, tomato, and brown sugar with a little bit of heat. This sauce is made to be used on pulled pork or chicken. We have perfected our recipe over the years by adding just the right amount of peppers to create the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.

This sauce is great for topping any grilled meat or fish such as hamburgers or chicken breasts!

bbq sauce how to make
bbq sauce how to make

These are all great bbq sauces

While you might think of barbecue as a meat-centric activity, it actually goes well with any number of foods. And while the sauces used to marinate the meat may be different from those used on other foods, they all share one thing: they’re delicious! We’ve collected 10 great BBQ sauces that are available in the United States. Some are spicy, some sweet; some made with vinegar, others with fruit or mustard. You can’t go wrong with any of them!


In conclusion, there are many different types of barbecue sauce. Some are sweeter than others, some have more kick to them. You can also find sauces that are made with honey or molasses instead of vinegar as well as vinegars like apple cider or white wine. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or unique, there’s probably something here that will satisfy your taste buds!