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Barbecue Sauce Done Three Different Ways – How to Make it in 13 Simple Steps

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Whether you prefer a thick, rich, tomato-based sauce or a tangy, spicy, Carolina-style sauce, our three recipes for barbecue sauce probably have a taste that you can enjoy. Making your own barbecue sauce is quick and easy and there’s no reason to rely on store-bought sauces.

Perfect for topping grilled or smoked meats, barbecue sauce has become a staple item that many people keep in their refrigerators at all times. The typical bottle of commercial barbecue sauce is tomato-based, thick, and spicy. But did you know that many other versions of barbecue sauce exist? We are offering you three different recipes for barbecue sauce that you can try on all of your cooked meats. 

Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce 

When many people think of barbecue sauce, they think of a rich, thick, tomato-based sauce that is perfect for dipping things like chicken nuggets into. However, this recipe for barbecue sauce is a bit different.  In certain parts of the country, barbecue sauce isn’t supposed to be thick and tomato-based.

Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce Recipe

April Freeman

It’s supposed to be tangy and a bit spicy. In the eastern parts of the Carolinas, pit-masters often stir up a version of this Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce to squirt atop a mound of smoked, pulled pork. This sauce is vinegar-based and is much thinner and runnier than typical sauces, but it is tangy and delicious as well.

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 30 mins

  • Small saucepan

  • Wire whisk

  • Small bowl

  • Fork

  • Plastic Squeeze Bottle

  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Molasses
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ tbsp Dry Mustard
  • ½ cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Measure the apple cider vinegar, molasses, dry mustard, butter, and cayenne pepper into a small saucepan. Use a whisk to combine these ingredients. Add the Worcestershire sauce and the brown sugar, turning the heat under the pot to medium. Continue whisking the mixture as you bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer it. 

  • In a small bowl, mix the water and the cornstarch with a fork or a small whisk. Stir these together until the cornstarch is dissolved. 

  • Slowly, stir the cornstarch and water mixture into the simmering pot. Continue whisking as you add the cornstarch to avoid its forming lumps. Simmer this mixture for about 1 minute. 

  • The sauce will thicken somewhat. However, this sauce will not be as thick as many other kinds of sauces and that is to be expected. 

  • Remove the pot from the heat and allow the sauce to cool before you pour it into a plastic squeeze bottle. This sauce is perfect to serve over pulled pork. 

  • Store this barbecue sauce in the refrigerator for up to a month. You may need to shake the sauce before you use it.

Keyword Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce, Recipe, Side Dish

Meals: All Recipes | Breakfast | Dinner (Mains) | Dessert | Side Dishes | Soups | Appetizers | Salads | Snacks

Dishes: PastaChicken | Ground Beef | Casseroles | Rice | Potato | Pies | Cookies | Sausage | Bread | Cakes | Pancakes | Cheesecakes | Scones

Key Ingredients: Cream Cheese

Other: Quick Dinners (Under 45 min.)

Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce

While the Carolinas like their barbecue sauce thin, tangy, and vinegar-based, other people prefer a richer version. Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauces are typically what people think of when one talks about barbecue sauce. The sauce is tomato-based and slightly sweetened by the additions of molasses and brown sugar.

Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce Recipe

April Freeman

While Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce is mostly appropriate for mounds of pulled pork, a Kansas City-style sauce is a great multipurpose sauce. This sauce can be basted onto ribs or grilled chicken. Some may even want to serve it atop a hamburger or even dip a chicken nugget into it. This sauce is easy to make since all you have to do is measure the ingredients and simmer it for a few minutes. 

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 30 mins

  • Small Mixing Bowl

  • Wire whisk

  • Small saucepan

  • Jar with Tight Lid

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Molasses
  • tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Measure all of your ingredients into a small mixing bowl, stirring well with a whisk to incorporate all of them.

  • Transfer this mixture to a small saucepan and set it on the stove set to medium heat. 

  • When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat under the pot and let it simmer. Cook this mixture at a simmer for about ten minutes, stirring frequently to keep it from scorching on the bottom. 

  • Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Transfer the sauce to a jar with a tightly fitting lid. This is a good general-purpose barbecue sauce and is good to slather on ribs, chicken, or brisket. Additionally, if you want to spoon it over pulled pork it is marvelous. 

  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. For longer-term storage, it can be frozen for up to 3 months but should be thawed overnight in the refrigerator before you plan to use it.

Keyword Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce, Recipe, Side Dish

Meals: All Recipes | Breakfast | Dinner (Mains) | Dessert | Side Dishes | Soups | Appetizers | Salads | Snacks

Dishes: PastaChicken | Ground Beef | Casseroles | Rice | Potato | Pies | Cookies | Sausage | Bread | Cakes | Pancakes | Cheesecakes | Scones

Key Ingredients: Cream Cheese

Other: Quick Dinners (Under 45 min.)

Honey Barbecue Sauce

Meat cooked over an open fire gives you a smoky, charred flavor, and one kind of sauce that perfectly accents these flavors is a honey barbecue sauce. 

Honey Barbecue Sauce Recipe

April Freeman

This recipe for Honey Barbecue Sauce isn’t overly sweet, but this recipe perfectly balances the sweet flavor with the other spicy, tangy flavors. It is a bit runnier than our Kansas City Barbecue Sauce, so if you need a thicker sauce, feel free to substitute tomato paste for the ketchup in the recipe.

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 30 mins

  • Small Skillet

  • Spatula

  • Heat-Proof Container

  • ½ cup Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Melted Butter
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • ½ tbsp Hot Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Mix all the ingredients into a small-sized skillet. Stir them well and cook the mixture over medium heat, until the sauce comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer it for about 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and allow the sauce to cool before pouring it into a heatproof container. Store in the refrigerator. The butter may separate from this sauce when you refrigerate it. If this happens, microwave the sauce in 15-second bursts until the butter on top melts. Then you can shake the jar to incorporate it into the barbecue sauce. Store this sauce in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Keyword Honey Barbecue Sauce, Recipe, Side Dish

Meals: All Recipes | Breakfast | Dinner (Mains) | Dessert | Side Dishes | Soups | Appetizers | Salads | Snacks

Dishes: PastaChicken | Ground Beef | Casseroles | Rice | Potato | Pies | Cookies | Sausage | Bread | Cakes | Pancakes | Cheesecakes | Scones

Key Ingredients: Cream Cheese

Other: Quick Dinners (Under 45 min.)

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