BBQ sauce is a versatile and delicious condiment that can enhance the flavor and texture of grilled meats, vegetables, and other dishes. Whether you prefer a sweet, tangy, spicy, or smoky sauce, you can easily make your own at home with some basic ingredients and a few simple steps. In this post, we will share some BBQ sauce recipes and pair them with meat, vegan grilled items, and beverages for a complete meal idea. These sauces can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Sweet Heat

This BBQ sauce is perfect for those who like a balance of sweetness and heat for a rich and complex flavor. You can use it to baste or marinate your favorite grilled meats or vegan entrees.

To make this sauce, you will need:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of powdered mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare this sauce, combine ingredients and bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This sauce pairs well with ice cold lemonade, steamed corn on the cob, and creamy coleslaw.

Smoky and Savory

This BBQ sauce is ideal for those who like a deep and smoky flavor. It pairs well with meat that has been marinated overnight or pre-cooked, such as brisket and ribs, but also hamburgers and grilled portobello mushrooms.

To make this sauce, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke (apple flavour for pork)
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine the ingredients and allow to sit overnight, if possible. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This sauce pairs well with sweet and hearty compliments such as sweet iced tea, baked beans, and warm cornbread.

Marinate for Extra Flavour

  • Prepare your meat or vegan entree of choice. You can use chicken, pork, beef, tofu, tempeh, seitan, jackfruit, mushrooms, or any other protein source that you like. Cut them into bite-sized pieces or leave them whole, depending on the recipe.
  • Place your meat or vegan entree in a large ziplock bag or a shallow baking dish. Pour enough BBQ sauce to coat them well and toss to combine. You can also add some extra seasonings or herbs if you want.
  • Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes or overnight. The longer you marinate, the more flavor and tenderness you will get.
  • Preheat your grill, oven, or skillet and cook your meat or vegan entree until done, turning occasionally and basting with more BBQ sauce if needed. Enjoy with your favorite sides and beverages.