BBQ Sauce – What Style Do You Prefer?


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BBQ sauces have regional characteristics. Kansas City-style sauce is the most common in the US. is generally a basic mixture of tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. North Carolina’s barbecue sauce, traditionally is vinegar-based clear in Eastern North Carolina and red in the West. White barbecue sauce is made with mayonnaise, cider vinegar and black pepper is big in Alabama, where folks mostly have it with chicken. In Texas, beer and chilies are key ingredients. In Tennessee they enjoy a little hot pepper sauce in their sauce and in New Mexico they sometimes may have coffee as an ingredient. Mustard is the key ingredient in the sauces of South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. You can purchase many of these different sauces at or you could try making them yourself with the following recipes.

Regional BBQ Sauce Recipes

Tennesee BBQ Sauce

1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Dash of garlic
2 cup vinegar
1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
1/2 cup catsup
2 tablespoon. Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Busha Browne Hot Pepper Sauce

In saucepan, stir together brown sugar, onion, salt, paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Combine vinegar, barbecue sauce, catsup, Worcestershire sauce, and bottled hot pepper sauce. Stir vinegar mixture into dry ingredients. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; cool. Store covered in refrigerator.

Texas BBQ Sauce

1 cup tomato ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 bay leaves
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoon onion, chopped
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon paprika
dash black pepper

Combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain.

Alabama White BBQ Sauce Recipe

1 quart mayonnaise
3/4 quart apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 tablespoon cayenne pepper
Prepared horseradish
Lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a very large blender or food processor. (It may be necessary to do this in 2 batches; just add 1/2 of each ingredient and then repeat. ) Blend for 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and mixture is smooth. Pour sauce into a large bowl. Use when grilling chicken; brush lightly over the chicken during the last few minutes of grilling. This sauce is also great for dipping; set some sauce aside for passing at the table.

New Mexico’s BBQ Sauce

1/3 cup Dark Karo Syrup
1/3 cup Strong coffee
1/4 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worchestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Corn Oil
6 teaspoons Chili powder
2 teaspoons Dry Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Scorned Woman Hot Sauce

Mix well and allow flavors to blend for one hour or more

These are just a small selection of gourmet bbq sauces that are enjoyed around the country. So what BBQ Sauce style do you prefer?

Chris McCarthy is the owner of InsaneChicken's Hot Sauce and BBQ Sauce Catalog and a hot sauce enthusiast. InsaneChicken is proude to sell Blair's Hot Sauce . and some of the Worlds hottest hot sauces


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