Make Meat Better: 8 Delicious Barbecue Sauce Recipes

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Barbecue — beloved by so many — is a staple in the American culinary scene. When most of us think of barbecue sauce, we tend to think of the standard, smoky-brown substance we find on grocery store shelves. That American standard for barbecue sauce is delicious (delicious enough to merit its own spot on this list) — but sometimes it can be fun to exercise your creative side while cooking.

There are thousands of barbecue sauce variations out there just waiting to be tried. We’ve listed seven notable recipes below for you to try out at your next barbecue. It may surprise you to learn which variation suits you best.

1. Neely’s BBQ Sauce

Every cook needs a prototypical barbecue sauce to slop on their ribs, fries, or wings. Food Network has you covered on this classic. Enjoy a mouthwatering combination of sweet, smoky, and savory flavors all wrapped up into one delicious sauce. Recipe takes an hour and 15 minutes to complete and yields 3 ½ cups.


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions: In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.