5 Barbecue Sauces to Make This Summer

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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.

No need to travel to the South to taste and enjoy these different barbecue sauces.

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

Cooking shows about grilling and barbecue sauces have become popular over the past years.  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.  And of course, the famous pitmaster from Master Class, Mr. Aaron Franklin,  just to name a few.

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There’s nothing like a great barbecue sauce to enhance the flavors of smoked and grilled meats.  All of them can be used as rubs, and for dipping as condiments.

Best of all, they take 5 minutes to prepare!

We have searched high and low to bring you 5 great barbecue sauces to make this summer.  They can easily be stored in mason jars or plastic sealed containers and kept chilled.

These 5 Great Barbecue Sauces are from 4 Southern States and one from the Midwest…

  •    Kansas City, MO

  •    Texas

  •    Alabama

  •    South Carolina

  •    North Carolina  

Whether your grilling for two or twenty, all these BBQ sauces will complement any 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 flavors 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 to dip 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.

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Any of these barbecue sauces will enhance all your grilled and smoked meats.

What to serve at your next barbecue…

Serve up some of your favorite meats with some grilled corn, a side of our easy Italian macaroni salad, and our drunken baked beans casserole and you’ll have an AMAZING barbecue this weekend!


How about some salads!

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

… OK, now you can PIN it to your BBQ board!

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Finally, just in case…

If you are interested in purchasing a few popular barbecue sauces, you can find them on Amazon.  Just click on the red title:

Yield: 2 to 4 cups

5 Barbecue Sauces to Make This Summer

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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.

    Any questions?  Ask away!

    If you try any of these 5 barbecue sauces to make this summer, please come back and leave a star rating and review.  It’s so helpful to other readers to read your results, adaptations, and ideas for variations.

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    xo Anna and Liz

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  1. Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    May 26, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    The only one I’ve not tried is the Alabama white sauce. Texas (since that is where I grew up) and mustard style sauces are what I usually end up using. Enjoy the upcoming holiday.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 27, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      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. Reply
    May 25, 2021 at 11:17 am

    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 🙂

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 25, 2021 at 12:02 pm

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

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