From Sweet to Tangy: 13 Easy BBQ Sauces You Can Whip Up at Home

Looking for an easy homemade BBQ sauce? You’re in luck! With these 13 recipes, all you typically need to do is combine the ingredients in a pan, stir, simmer, and you’re done – plus one recipe that requires no cooking at all! If you love the famous Sweet Baby Ray’s, start with our Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce. These sauces are perfect for everything, from homemade ribs to store-bought chicken tenders, and even as a topping for your burgers!

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce

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This is our version of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce, which has a cult-like following. You won’t believe how easy this is to make – and, trust us, you do not need the high fructose corn syrup of the original. Your family will demand more! Get the recipe for Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce.

Hot & Tangy BBQ Sauce

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Like a little heat in your BBQ Sauce? This one has it – and you can adjust the heat up or down, to your taste. Don’t be put off by the liquid smoke. It is a natural product and adds a nuance you cannot get otherwise. Get the recipe for Hot & Tangy BBQ Sauce.

Blackberry Maple BBQ Sauce

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The puréed blackberries create a rich purple color and the maple syrup adds balanced sweetness to the smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne. This will become a family favorite. Get the recipe for Blackberry Maple BBQ Sauce.

Orange Marmalade BBQ Sauce

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This sauce starts with your favorite prepared BBQ Sauce – or use our Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce – and combines it with orange marmalade and soy sauce for a DIY sauce unlike any other. Get the recipe for Orange Marmalade BBQ Sauce.

Pineapple Whiskey BBQ Sauce

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Sweet/tart pineapple and the nuanced smokiness of whiskey work wonders in this thick and rich barbecue sauce. Easy to make with a very complex result. Get the recipe for Pineapple Whiskey BBQ Sauce.

Vinegar BBQ Sauce

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If you are a vinegar BBQ sauce lover, it is time to rejoice with this Vinegar BBQ Sauce rendition! If you are only familiar with thick, tomato-based BBQ sauces, this one might come as a surprise. It is thin, made up primarily of vinegar, but with a small amount of sweetness, and a whole lot of heat. We have made our version moderately spicy. Feel free to dial the red pepper flakes and cayenne up or down to your liking. Get the recipe.

Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

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Puréed rhubarb, which is both sweet and tart, makes a fantastic edition to barbecue sauce. We particularly like this one with pork or poultry. Get the recipe for Rhubarb BBQ Sauce.

Mustard BBQ Sauce

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BBQ sauce is a must in our repertoire, and we have several. This recipe for Mustard BBQ Sauce is tangy and adds loads of flavor to your cooking. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

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We are huge BBQ sauce lovers around here and have several options for you. This Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce is sweet, spicy, tangy, with fantastic depth of flavor. You will love it on poultry, pork (try it with ribs!), shrimp – we have even whisked a little bit into salad dressingGet the recipe.

Best BBQ Rum Sauce

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Make a classic rum BBQ sauce with a twist, a unique adult recipe to make your BBQ meal unforgettable. Bring your BBQ meats to a new level of tastiness with this sweet and spicy rum BBQ sauce. You’ll love the tropical, Caribbean goodness of your new cookout favorite. Get the recipe for Best BBQ Rum Sauce.

5-Minute Vegan BBQ Sauce

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You will need only 5 minutes to make your own BBQ Sauce. It will be smoky, a bit sweet, but plain delicious. It is 100% vegan and gluten-free, contrary to many store-bought condiment brands. Get the recipe for 5-Minute Vegan BBQ Sauce.

Sacha Sauce – Chinese BBQ Sauce

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Sacha sauce (also known as Chinese BBQ Sauce) is a highly umami sauce made mainly with soybean oil, brill fish, dried shrimp, garlic, shallots, and chilies. It is used mainly in Asian cuisines and is a very popular sauce that is used frequently in hot pot dipping sauces, but also widely used in marinades and grilling meats. Get the recipe for Sacha Sauce – Chinese BBQ Sauce.

Easiest BBQ Tamarind BBQ Sauce

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A lot of pre-packaged store-bought tamarind sauces taste too sweet or too sour. Try this delicious tamarind sauce recipe instead, perfect for your BBQ dishes, and great with meats, poultry, and shrimp. Get the recipe for Easiest BBQ Tamarind BBQ Sauce.

2-Minute Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce

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5 ingredients and 2 minutes – that’s all you need to make a homemade Gluten Free BBQ Sauce. A little bit spicy with a touch of sweet honey – it has all the flavor but doesn’t require any cooking. Perfect on top of a burger, or to dip chicken tenders! Get the recipe for 2-Minute Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce.

Homemade Spicy Guava BBQ Sauce

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A tropical and delicious spicy guava BBQ sauce recipe with a medium heat level and flavors that combine sweet and spicy flavors. Another name for this sauce is Picnic BBQ sauce. This lovely homemade barbeque sauce brings a new twist to your barbeque parties. Get the recipe for Homemade Spicy Guava BBQ Sauce.

Springtime Bliss: Indulge In 27 Delectable Asparagus Appetizers, Soups & Main Dishes

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It’s time for asparagus! It is a brief season, so we eat them as often as we can, and now with this roundup of 27 appetizer, soup and main dish recipes you will be endlessly inspired. We have low carb, vegan, 30-minute recipes, gluten-free, grilled, roasted, fancy dishes, easy dishes, and have even thrown in basic grilling instructions. READ: Springtime Bliss: Indulge In 27 Delectable Asparagus Appetizers, Soups & Main Dishes

Want To Make The Most Of Asparagus Season? 25 Sides & Salad Dishes Hearty Enough For A Meal

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We can’t get enough asparagus, and when their season hits, we gather them up and head to the kitchen. These 25 recipes are the best side dishes and salads, from classic grilled to unusual combinations, vegan and vegetarian, and even instructions on how to make the best white asparagus. Many of these recipes are hearty enough for a light main dish. READ: Want To Make The Most Of Asparagus Season? 25 Sides & Salad Dishes Hearty Enough For A Meal

20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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 Here are 20 of our favorite side dishes to pair with burgers, from oven-baked fries (2 kinds), green salads to hearty potato and pasta sides, even a quick stovetop mac and cheese. READ: 20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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