BBQ Sauce

Since barbecue sauces vary greatly from region to region, there are lots of options to slather onto your next smoked pork shoulder. While some swear by the vinegary versions in North Carolina, others might be partial to Kansas City's sweet and thick tomato-based sauces. No matter your preference, Food & Wine's guide has a recipe that fits. So instead of just grabbing a bottle of barbecue sauce during your next grocery trip, master the skills and techniques to make your next batch of sauce at home.

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White Barbecue Sauce

If you’ve never sampled Alabama’s signature barbecue sauce, let this easy recipe be your grand introduction. Less sweet than tomato-based barbecue sauces, this fast, no-cook sauce has a sharp tang from vinegar and Worcestershire sauce that cuts through rich and fatty barbecued meats with grace. This mayonnaise-based condiment is also great for dunking french fries, fried pickles, and fresh veggies. Down south, it’s most famously paired with grilled chicken, but it’s also the perfect contrasting partner for ribs, barbecue sandwiches, and wings.

Burnt Honey Barbecue Sauce

You’ll never buy barbecue sauce again after you stir up this sophisticated twist. All the classic smoky characters show up the party—tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and chili powder—but they get a tasty transformation courtesy of the just-burnt honey. Save your special farmers market honey for something else; honey from the classic plastic bear is perfectly fine for this recipe. Simmered until deep amber, it adds a rich caramel roundness to this spicy and vinegary sauce. Toss it with pulled pork or shredded chicken, or spoon it on your favorite burger for a summery upgrade.

Sorghum Barbecue Sauce

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Bobby Flay's rich, sweet and tangy barbecue sauce is made with sorghum syrup, which comes from sweet sorghum grass. Slideshow:  Barbecue Sauce Recipes 

5 Steps to Creating Your Own Barbecue Sauce

Want to make a signature sauce? Learn the basics and then go crazy. You’re only limited by what’s in your pantry.

Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Get ready for summer grilling and BBQ parties with these easy and versatile BBQ sauce recipes.