5 Barbecue Sauces to Make This Summer

5 Barbecue Sauces to Make This Summer!  When it comes to grilling, a great barbecue sauce to rub on or dip into is essential.  Try making any one of these delicious, fresh-tasting barbecue sauces for your grilling season. 

If you are a barbecue lover, we realized everyone has one favorite barbecue sauce or another.  But here in the South, we found 5 great barbecue sauces for everyone to try.


Savory Barbecue Sauces to Make This Summer…

  • No need to travel to the South to taste and enjoy these different barbecue sauces.
  • They take 5 minutes to prepare!
  • These all can easily be stored in mason jars or plastic-sealed containers and kept chilled.

In recent years, there has been a rise in the popularity of cooking shows focused on grilling and barbecue sauces.

Thanks to chefs like Guy Fieri, and Bobby Flay, who constantly travel throughout the country visiting many restaurants and even those that specialize in barbecue. 

We have searched high and low to bring you 5 great barbecue sauces to make this summer. 

photo of small bowls of each sauce. by 2sistersrecipes.com


We have 5 Great Barbecue Sauces from 4 Southern States and one from the Midwest…

  • Kansas City, MO

  • Texas

  • Alabama

  • South Carolina

  • North Carolina

There’s nothing like a great barbecue sauce to enhance the flavors of smoked and grilled meats. 

All 5 barbecue sauces can be used as rubs, and for dipping as condiments.

From sweet and spicy, to creamy and peppery, we’ve got you covered!


5 Easy Barbecue Sauces to Make this Summer…

Whether you’re grilling for a small group or a large one, these BBQ sauces are perfect for enhancing the flavor of your grilled meats, chicken, smoked brisket, or pork chops.

1.  Kansas City- Style Barbecue Sauce ~ starts with ketchup, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice along with 6 seasonings to give you that sweet and tangy flavor with some heat.   Slather across some fresh sliced grilled London Broil Steak, or ribs.

2.  Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce ~ starts with ketchup, apple cider vinegar, and some brown sugar along with spices to give you a touch of sweetness along with some heat. Perfect for smoked, or slow-cooked brisket and grilled pork chops.

3.  Alabama-Style White Sauce ~  starts with mayonnaise and white vinegar including some seasonings and even hot sauce to give it that glorious Southern-style creaminess with a ton of flavors.  Perfect for dipping grilled or smoked chicken, wings, and ribs.

4.  South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce ~ starts with yellow mustard plus 5 pantry staple ingredients to make this a delicious-tasting barbecue sauce.

5.  North Carolina-Style Vinegar Sauce ~ is a simple vinegar sauce made with only 4 ingredients.  It’s best to set this sauce aside to marinate for 4 hours or more before serving.  Fat-free, calorie-free, and no sugar.

5 photos of different sauces. by 2sistersrecipes.com

What to serve at your next barbecue?

For an excellent barbecue this weekend, why not grill your favorite meats and pair them with some of these delicious sides:

Options for additional easy sides and salads…

Your guests are sure to be impressed!


5 Barbecue Sauces to Make This Summer by 2sistersrecipes.com

…and oh, don’t forget yummy desserts for your BBQ!

Yield: 2 to 4 cups

5 Barbecue Sauces to Make This Summer

photo of small bowls of each sauce. by 2sistersrecipes.com

5 Great Barbecue Sauces for you to make this summer! When it comes to grilling, a great barbecue sauce to rub on, or dip into is essential. Try making any one of these delicious, fresh-tasting barbecue sauces for your grilling season, and enjoy!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


For KANSAS CITY-STYLE BBQ Sauce: ( yields 2.5 cups)

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice ( from 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder

For TEXAS-STYLE BBQ Sauce: (makes 2 cups)

  • 1 + 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper

For ALABAMA-STYLE White Sauce: (yields 2 cups)

  • 1 + 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 + 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice ( 1 small lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce

For SOUTH CAROLINA-STYLE Mustard Sauce: (makes 3.5 cups)

  • 2 cups yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • black pepper, to taste
  • optional: one jalapeno pepper (seeds removed, and minced)

For NORTH CAROLINA VINEGAR Sauce: ( makes 2 cups)

  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 + 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 Tbsp. black pepper


    Directions for Kansa City BBQ sauce, Alabama white sauce, and North Carolina vinegar sauce:

    1. Whisk each of the ingredients in a mixing bowl until well combined.
    2. Store each of these sauces in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

    Directions for Texas-Style BBQ sauce, and South Carolina mustard sauce:

    1. In a medium saucepan, add and whisk together all the ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring often until all the ingredients are dissolved and the mixture is about to simmer. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
    2. Store each one in air-tight containers in the refrigerator, for up to one month.

    Nutrition Information:


    2 cups

    Serving Size:

    1 Tablespoon

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 29Total Fat: .1gCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: .2gSugar: 6gProtein: .1g

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      1. Aw, and you as well, enjoy this holiday weekend Karen! All BBQ sauces are so different, and yet I tend to enjoy the Alabama white sauce, over the others especially with grilled chicken and wings. But, they’re all good. Have a safe and great weekend! 🙂

    2. What a great collection of BBQ sauce recipes! I have to work on our Memorial Day menu today so I’m going to keep these in mind 🙂

      1. Aw, thanks, Susan. All of these sauces are terrific and perfect for this Memorial weekend, so I hope you enjoy them.