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15 Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

These delicious sauces will make you the star of summer barbecue season.

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Honey Barbecue Sauce

This barbecue sauce is my own recipe that my whole family enjoys, especially my father. It’s a quick and easy recipe that can be made ahead and refrigerated or used immediately. —Karene Donnay, Glencoe, Minnesota

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Cherry Barbecue Sauce

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

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Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Brewed coffee and instant coffee granules add rich color and depth to this sweet-and-sour sauce. It’s wonderful spooned over grilled chicken or pork chops. —Julia Bushree, Georgetown, Texas

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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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Cookoff Barbecue Sauce

After looking for the perfect BBQ sauce for 12 years, I tried making my own. After many attempts, I hit on the magic combination. Everyone who’s tried it agrees that it’s a winner. —Phil Maine, Truckee, California

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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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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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Tangy BBQ Sauce

If you can find sugar-free ketchup, use it in this recipe for a great tasting barbecue sauce that fits in sugar-sensitive diets. —Lynn Sawyer of Two Rivers, Wisconsin

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Barbecue Grilling Sauce

This slightly sweet basting sauce is great on chicken, but don’t stop there. Try it on pork or grilled veggies, too. —Kathryn Dunn, Axton, Virginia

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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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Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

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

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Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

We love a BBQ 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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Summertime Barbecue Sauce

When my daughter was seven, she would come home from school and eat this sauce by the spoonfuls. Company loves it, too, on pork chops or ribs. Every time I make it, someone asks for the recipe! —Diane C. Shipley, Mentor, Ohio

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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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Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce

This sweet and tangy basting sauce came from my husband’s family. With just four ingredients, it’s simple to stir up. A speedy alternative to bottled sauce, it can be brushed on chicken, ribs, pork, or even turkey. —Jenine Schmidt, Stoughton, Wisconsin

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