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The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes


You’ve asked for it, and here it is, our best homemade BBQ sauce recipes! These sauces are easy to make and oh-so delicious!

Best homemade BBQ sauces for ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket.

Barbecue sauce is as varied as barbecue itself, and it is important to match the flavors with the grilled or smoked protein. These are some of our best homemade barbecue sauce recipes we’ve developed over the years. They have been meticulously revised and improved during that time.

Whether you are looking for something to slather on ribs, or just a quick, made from scratch condiment, we recommend starting with these sauces. I’m sure that you will love them and over the years adapt them to fit your own style. Our Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes includes regional favorites including, Memphis, Texas-style, Kansas City, Carolina and more. We’ve thrown in some mustard, white, and whiskey based sauces as well.

1) Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce applied to pork ribs
Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

A delicious Kansas City barbecue sauce that you need to try. Use it on ribs, pork, chicken, or serve it on the side. This tomato-based sauce has a little sweetness, heat, and a touch of tanginess—just the right combination to pull off a sensational barbecue. This recipe pairs beautifully with our Kansas City Rub

2) Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce

Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce
Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce

This Texas barbecue sauce has a deep, rich flavor that goes well with beef. The best part about this sauce is that it isn’t overly sweet, and there are options to make it completely sugar-free! I recommend giving this robust Texas-style barbecue sauce a try next time you smoke a brisket. You’ll be glad you did!

3) Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

This creamy, delicious Alabama white barbecue sauce is not like other barbecue sauces. First of all, this sauce starts with a mayonnaise base. Second, it’s a dip rather than a baste. This homemade BBQ sauce recipe goes hand in hand with low and slow, smoked chicken. After cooking, each piece is dipped in the sauce and served. We recommend combining it with shredded chicken for some tasty sandwiches!

4) St. Louis Barbecue Sauce

St Louis BBQ Sauce

St Louis barbecue sauce is thin and tangier than more well known sweet sauces. This style has a variety of influences, so this sauce varies from pitmaster to pitmaster. We have developed our version that is just fantastic on BBQ ribs. After trying it, you will quickly see why it made our list of best homemade BBQ sauce recipes.

5) Keto Barbecue Sauce

Keto Barbecue Sauce
Keto Barbecue Sauce

This keto barbecue sauce is perfect for those cutting out their sugar consumption. This sauce works well on pork and beef ribs, low-carb meatloaf, and chicken!

6) Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce

Jack Daniel's Barbecue Rib Sauce
Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce/derrickriches.com

This fantastic, silky Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce works well on grilled and smoked proteins. Consider using this wonderful homemade BBQ sauce recipe next time you grill a rack or two of spare ribs!

7) Raspberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Raspberry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Raspberry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

An incredibly delicious raspberry-chipotle barbecue sauce recipe is a quick and easy way to prepare a flavorful, fruit-based barbecue sauce with a kick of heat. This barbecue sauce works well on pork, chicken, smoked chuck roast, venison, and duck breast. 

8) Easy Cola Barbecue Sauce

Easy Cola Barbecue Sauce
Easy Cola Barbecue Sauce

This Easy Cola Barbecue Sauce has a delicious deep richness, perfect for grilled or smoked chicken and smoked pork ribs. What’s even better? You can serve this sauce on the side, use it in a BBQ-inspired sloppy joe’s, thin it out, and slather it onto pork belly. The possibilities are endless. 

9) Piedmont Barbecue Sauce

Piedmont Barbecue Sauce
Piedmont Barbecue Sauce/derrickriches.com

Piedmont barbecue sauce was born out of the Carolinas and is served at the table with smoked pulled pork or pulled chicken. This sauce is not like other barbecue sauces as it is quite thin and relies heavily on vinegar and other delicious ingredients. So if you’re expecting a sweet sauce, this is not the one. Tart with a tad of spice, this sauce marries well with smoked foods and adds an extra kick to sandwiches.

10) Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

Sweet, spicy, and smoky, this Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce adds a fantastic flavor to beef back ribs and smoked pork ribs. It’s so dang good that we recommend using it on chicken and pork belly too!

11) Memphis Barbecue Sauce

Memphis Barbecue Sauce
Memphis Barbecue Sauce

This wonderfully sweet and tangy Memphis Barbecue Sauce is insanely delicious and easy to make! It takes 25 minutes from start to finish. Use this barbecue sauce on smoked pork, smoked chicken, and pork ribs.

12) Cuban Mojo BBQ Sauce

Cuban Mojo BBQ Sauce
Cuban Mojo BBQ Sauce

This Cuban Mojo BBQ Sauce contains all the citrusy goodness of traditional mojo sauce in a tomato-based concoction. This barbecue works very well on pork and chicken. It can even be served at the table or as a dipping sauce for chicken wings.

13) Georgia Mustard BBQ Sauce

BGDR’s Georgia Mustard BBQ Sauce
Georgia Mustard BBQ Sauce

This Georgia mustard BBQ sauce is quite delicious when mixed with pulled pork. We often serve it on the side as a table sauce. This way, family and friends can load up on more if needed. If you’re a huge fan of mustard, this sauce is for you!

14) Easy Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

This sugary drink with a slight pepper finish fits nicely into another Texan favorite, barbecue. Its rich undertones and caramel sweetness liven up this homemade BBQ sauce. I love to slather this Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce on low and slow ribs. It’s also great on pulled pork sandwiches and sliced smoked brisket. 

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