7 Summer BBQ Sauces That’ll Blow Your Mind

August 7, 2015
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The barbecue is a summer staple for American households, but it doesn’t matter what kind of meat you cook if you don’t have the perfect sauce to go with it. To help you avoid a BBQ disaster, here are some of the best sauces from around the web.

Kansas City BBQ Sauce
Kansas City prides itself on the deliciousness of its famous varieties of barbeque sauce, but we think this one takes the cake. It’s a little intense, with liquid smoke, agave, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper all thrown into the mix, but even a chef with no experience should be able to follow these straightforward instructions.

The Best Barbecue Sauce
Okay, we’re not certain calling this recipe “the best” is entirely appropriate, but we didn’t name it. It is pretty darn good, though. It’s also the first recipe we’ve come across calling for unsulphured molasses, so we knew we had to give it a try. The ingredient list looks long, but it’s definitely simple to make.

Lexington Dip
If you’re looking for something quick and easy, yet still tasty enough to leave your mouth watering, give this Lexington Dip a try. It’s got black pepper, red pepper and then some cayenne pepper to give it a little kick. We hope you can handle the heat.

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce
That’s right, Dr. Pepper Sauce. We didn’t realize they still sold the stuff until we tried to put this recipe together, and now we’re thankful they do. The recipes calls for ribs, but we’re cheap so we threw it on some pulled pork loin instead—still delicious. There are a few quirky ingredients in there, like apple wood, white pepper and New Mexican chile pepper, so feel free to adjust with what you have on hand.

BBQ White Sauce
This recipe steers away from the traditional BBQ fare and produces some surprising results. The combination of mayonnaise, cider vinegar, pepper and apple woods chunks creates a white sauce that can either be used all over or as something to dip your chicken in. Odd? Maybe—but sometimes we all need a little weirdness in our lives.

Homemade BBQ Sauce
This sauce is actually an attempt at copying Sweet Baby Ray’s recipe, and it’s an admirable attempt—in fact, we think it kind of outdoes the original. It’s definitely on the sweeter side thanks to a generous dousing of brown sugar, but feel free to cut back a little if it’s too much for you. Don’t forget the cornstarch for optimal consistency, unless you like your BBQ sauce on the runny side.

Betty’s Best BBQ Sauce
We’re not sure what’s up with everyone claiming their BBQ sauce is the best, but this one might actually deserve the title. We don’t know Betty, but we love her sauce. It’s so simple a monkey could make it, but the recipe is a little strict (liquid pepper vinegar?). Be sure to follow it to a T if you want the full flavor—and trust us, you do.

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