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10 Must-Have Barbecue Sauce Recipes

These tangy, sweet and spicy homemade BBQ sauce recipes are sure to make any grilled meal special.

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Dr Pepper BBQ SauceTaste of Home

Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

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

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Berry BBQ SauceTaste of Home

Berry BBQ Sauce

On weekends, I jazz up our favorite BBQ sauce with blackberries and blueberries. They make a marvelous spread for basting and saucing grilled baby back ribs. —Janet Hix, Austin, Texas

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Cherry Barbecue SauceTaste of Home

Cherry Barbecue Sauce

You can use fresh or frozen cherries to make this flavorful barbecue sauce. It tastes phenomenal on ribs and chicken! —Ilene Harrington, Nipomo, California

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Sweet & Spicy Barbecue SauceTaste of Home

Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce

I've never cared that much for store bought barbecue sauce. I just like to make things myself from scratch including this spicy, deep red-brown sauce. You'll find it clings well when you slather it on grilled meat. —Helena Georgette Mann, Sacramento, California

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North Carolina-Style BBQ SauceTaste of Home

North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

Blending two vinegars helps re-create the BBQ sauce we love from my mother’s North Carolina roots. — Gloria McKinley, Lakeland, Florida

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Texas-Style BBQ SauceTaste of Home

Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

We love a barbecue sauce with all the right moves: ketchup, mustard, lemon juice, chili powder, Worcestershire and brown sugar. —Sandy Klocinski, Summerville, South Carolina

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Red-Eye Barbecue SauceTaste of Home

Red-Eye Barbecue Sauce

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

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Barbecue Sauce with MustardTaste of Home

Barbecue Sauce with Mustard

Say no to ho-hum barbecue. Add some zing to chicken or pork with our sauce. —Charlie and Ruthie Knote, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

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Raspberry Barbecue SauceTaste of Home

Raspberry Barbecue Sauce

Raspberries replace the traditional tomatoes in this unique barbecue sauce. Red pepper flakes add a little kick to the thick ruby-red sauce. Great over chicken breasts or pork tenderloin, brush on the sauce near the end of the grilling time. —Garnet Pirre, Helena, Montana

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Cranberry BBQ SauceTaste of Home

Cranberry BBQ Sauce

Packed alongside cheese and crackers, this homemade barbecue sauce is a delightful savory gift option. —Darla Andrews, Lewisville, Texas

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