My family is stationed in Italy with my husband, Lieutenant William Robert Blackman. William grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and I’m from Texas, so the dish that spells "home" for us is a good ol' barbecue. I have my own recipe for barbecue sauce that we like to pour all over sliced brisket. Eating it reminds us of weekend barbecues with our families. —Tina Blackman, Naples, Italy
I grow a huge garden every year to help feed my family of seven. My sister shared this recipe with me as a way to use up my bounty of tomatoes. You can also puree the mixture to create a barbecue sauce for meats.—Jean Kennedy, Walton, Oregon
"Unlike many barbecue sauces, this recipe doesn't use ketchup, which typically contains sugar," says Debbie Purdue of Westland, Michigan. "The savory sauce, made with sugar-free maple-flavored syrup, gives unbelievable flavor to pork, chicken and spareribs. You won't miss the sugar at all.
I made this recipe for an assignment in culinary school—my first time making barbecue sauce. I have to say, it was the best barbecue sauce I had in a long time! The hint of coffee livens up the sweet barbecue sauce perfectly. —Evan Haut, Canton, Ohio
I admit it—I'm a mayo fanatic. And I'm always looking for ways to kick it up. This tomato-y sauce is good slathered on burgers, brushed on grilled meats, or as a dipping sauce for just about anything. —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas
My father and brother are avid fishermen who keep me supplied with fresh fish from the Pacific. I came up with this recipe that blends Louie sauce with grilled tuna, to make a very yummy sandwich —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California