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    Just like peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, burger and fries, barbecue works best with BBQ sauce. It also doesn’t hurt that barbecue sauces are available in all kinds of flavors, colors, and styles to complement a stack of amazing ribs or grilled chicken. We’ve scoured through various BBQ cookbooks and the internet, in general, to bring you some of the most popular BBQ sauce recipes you can try. Trust us, try any one of these sauces, and you won’t be bothered to use a store-bought bottle again.

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

If you know anything about barbecue sauces, you might already be aware of how the ketchup-based Kansas City sauces are one of the most popular ones on the market. This type of sauce has the perfect combination of sweet and tangy, and you can increase the heat if that's how you want it.


1 1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup ​dark brown sugar

1/3 cup cider vinegar

1 cup of water

2 tbsp molasses

1 tsp celery salt

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp cayenne (adjust the amount according to your taste)

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp black pepper


1. After gathering all the ingredients, combine them in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Stir the ingredients constantly for approximately five minutes.

3. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for another 20 minutes. Stir it occasionally to make sure the sauce has a thick consistency.

4. Once done, remove the saucepan from heat and allow the sauce to cool for around 12 to 15 minutes.

If you don’t have to serve immediately, we would recommend letting the sauce sit for at least half an hour and then storing it in an airtight container.

Berry BBQ Sauce

This sauce is perfect for basting as well as saucing back BBQ ribs. If you don’t mind a burst of blackberry and blueberry flavors, this might become one of your all-time favorites. It's super easy since you're adding the berries to your favorite starter or bottled barbecue sauce.


1 to 2 cups barbecue sauce

2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water


1. Take a large saucepan and add the blackberries, blueberries, sugar, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil.

2. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer – uncovered – for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened.

3. Add your desired amount of barbecue sauce, and cook for another 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens and it'll be done.

You can store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Asian Style BBQ Sauce

The recipe for Asian style BBQ sauce is a classic that combines sweet and salty flavors. It’s also very easy to make and quick, taking just about 20 minutes. Team this up with an Asian Kale Salad, and you'll have a hearty dinner ready in no time.


1 medium or large-sized white onion

2 garlic cloves

3/4 cup soy sauce

1 tbsp dry or fresh ginger

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup white wine (any brand)

1/4 cup apricot preserves (or cherry, apple, or blackberry preserves)


1. Take out your blender. Add the onion (peeled and sliced in half), soy sauce, and ginger. You can increase the amount of ginger if you prefer a heavier spicy flavor.

2. Next add the ketchup, brown sugar, white wine, garlic, and the preserves to the blender.

3. Blend the sauce on high until the ingredients are pureed completely. You should have a thick, medium brown color sauce. Taste to understand whether it’s how you want it.

4. Transfer the sauce to a saucepan, and cook over low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. Once the sauce simmers down and thickens, it’ll be ready to use.

You can store this in the refrigerator for around three weeks. However, if you put it in the freezer, the BBQ sauce will stay fresh for up to six months!

North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

An incredibly simple BBQ sauce recipe, this one uses two kinds of vinegar to add some serious flavor to old-fashioned barbecue meals.


1/2 cup ketchup

2/3 cup white vinegar

2/3 cup cider vinegar

3 tbsp brown sugar, packed

1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce

1/4 tsp salt for taste

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, crushed

1/8 tsp pepper


1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring them to a boil.

2. Reduce the heat, and let the mixture simmer – uncovered – for about 15 to 20 minutes. The idea here is to blend the flavors together.

Heads up: The North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce isn't a sauce in the traditional sense and should be treated as more of a dip. The recipe uses two different kinds of vinegar as its base, which makes it a little runny.     About the author: Bella Short is an experienced writer, editor, proofreader, blogger, teacher and photographer based in NY. She likes to cook, sew, and she’s very passionate about healthy food that tastes delicious. She’s a big fan of a keto diet and sees it as a life-long style of eating.


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