Best Barbecue Sauces Make You a Grilling Wiz
It’s time to roll out the grill and jump-start the Great American Cookout. But don’t just concentrate on wonderful chicken, ribs, and pork. Learn how to craft your own homemade barbecue sauces to make those meats really shine. After all, grilling is only half the story; the final product depends on a sauce to take your backyard party from pretty good all the way past perfect.
Let’s start with a simple smokey barbecue sauce that’s versatile enough for almost anything and follow that with the great tangy taste of Kansas City barbecue sauce, whose secret is molasses, brown sugar, and cider vinegar. A honey-beer sauce brings all grilled meats alive with a sweet-savory flavor, while a classic sauce for brisket is something you’ll definitely want in your repertoire. We also threw in a recipe for pulled pork sandwiches, mainly because we wanted an excuse to showcase a super-quick way to make a BBQ sauce with nothing but chili sauce and root beer. Finally, we’ve got a pork chop recipe whose crazy sauce uses Worcestershire and can be whipped up in minutes.
The rule here is there is no rule. These great sauces are all about mix-and-match.
Liquid smoke provides the basis here, with touches like lemon juice and chili sauce.
Molasses, a little horseradish, and splash of Worcestershire give this sauce its kick.
Mustard and bottled chili sauce spice up this well-balanced topping.
Basic brisket sauce benefits from whole tomatoes, paprika, and orange juice.
Great pulled pork tastes even better with this root-beer surprise.
This sauce is so easy and can also be made three days in advance.
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