Top 10 Tomato Based Barbecue Sauces

Most BBQ Sauces start with some kind of tomato. At least the kinds that you generally find at the grocery store and why there is much more to barbecue sauce, these ten sauce recipes take this formula in every possible direction. From the perfect sauce for a slow smoked rack of ribs or just something to pour over a burger, these are my best tomato-based barbecue sauces, perfected over twenty years.


Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce

This is a fantastic silky barbecue sauce that works well on chicken and pork. So next time you grill up a nice rack of ribs or a chicken for a cookout, consider using this flavorful sauce.

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Easy Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

Dr. Pepper adds a nice sweet base to any barbecue sauce. This recipe is thick, delicious, and perfect served with beef, chicken, pork, and even slow smoked lamb. A great addition to any barbecue meal.

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Texas Style Burnt Ends Sauce

This spicy Texas-style barbecue sauce that is specifically designed for brisket burnt ends. Of course, it can be used on pork as well. Burnt ends are delicious on their own, but make one heck of a sandwich, especially coated in this sauce.

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Memphis Rib Sauce

This is a traditional Memphis-style barbecue sauce. It is served on the side as a side sauce and not applied to the ribs while they cook. Let your guests decide how much of this fantastic barbecue sauce they’d like.

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Tomato-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

Sweet, spicy, and smoky, this sauce adds a fantastic tomato-jalapeno flare to beef ribs. This sauce can also be used on pork ribs, chops, or chicken.

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Raspberry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

This is a quick and easy way to prepare a nice, fruit-based barbecue sauce with a little heat. This sauce works really well on pork and chicken.

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Whiskey-Maple Barbecue Sauce

Bourbon is hugely popular for all types of barbecue sauces, but this one takes it in a unique direction. With a mixture of maple and mango-pineapple, there is a nice fruit base to the barbecue sauce with a slight kick in the pants from the bourbon. Great on barbecued chicken and ribs.

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Beer and Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

This beer and balsamic vinegar sauce has a nice deep richness perfect for grilled or smoked chicken and beef.

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Beer and Honey Barbecue Sauce

Beer adds a nice depth to just about any sauce, marinade, or baste. This sauce is fantastic on chicken and lamb, but also great on ribs. So slather this one on at your next cookout.

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Smoky Chipotle Finishing Sauce

This is a delicious, spicy finishing sauce for smoked pulled pork, ribs and other grilled or smoked meats.

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