7 Finger-Licking Classic BBQ Sauce Recipes to Follow ...

I love classic BBQ sauce recipes, but they are pretty hard to find, right? Lyndsie and I had a BBQ sauce disaster about a week ago and since then, I decided that we'd slip back to classic BBQ sauce recipes to really come up with a great base to our BBQ sauce. If you're looking for a new way to look at BBQ sauce, take a look below, these classic BBQ sauces are not only delish, but are also very easy!

1. Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

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Bourbon whiskey BBQ sauce is absolutely one of my favorite classic BBQ sauce recipes out there. While I can't drink (allergic!), I do find the taste of this and the caramelization that you get is so, so good! It's a delicious BBQ sauce that is great for ribs, chicken or anything that you want to slather it on!

Ingredients:
1/2 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup bourbon whiskey
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

Directions:
In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic, and whiskey. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Run sauce through a strainer if you prefer a smooth sauce.

Source: allrecipes.com

2. Neely's BBQ Sauce

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Now, you know Neely from the Food Network, right? Well, I love her BBQ sauce, not just because it is so, so amazing tasting, but because it's super easy to make! Vinegar, ketchup, water, some spices and brown sugar โ€“ how easy is that to make? It also tastes oh-so-delish!

Ingredients:
2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions:
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Source: foodnetwork.com

3. Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce

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Oh, who doesn't love Kansas City style BBQ sauce? It's one of the most delicious BBQ sauces in the world and truthfully, this recipe is awesome! It tastes so good, I've made a batch and keep it in my fridge to coat all of my ribs and chicken!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons neutral-tasting oil, such as grapeseed or vegetable
6 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 slightly heaping tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch ground cloves
2 cups ketchup
2 cups water
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons English-style dried mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf

Directions:
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, paprika, red pepper, allspice, and cloves and cook, stirring, until paste is dark brick red, about 3 minutes. Add the ketchup, water, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, salt, soy sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, black pepper, and bay leaf. Adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the flavors come together, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf before using.

Source: foodnetwork.com

4. Peach-Mustard BBQ Sauce

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Now, this one might seem like a little weird, but truthfully, I love the way that it tastes! Not only does it have a unique taste, but itโ€™s ideal for pork or chicken! This is a BBQ sauce for the adventurer in you! Give it a try and let us know how much you love it!

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 cup whole-grain mustard
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3/4 cup peach jam or preserves
1 tablespoon bourbon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and boil until almost completely reduced and the mixture looks like wet sand, about 4 minutes. Whisk in both mustards and the jam or preserves. Simmer, whisking, until jam melts, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the bourbon and salt.

Cook's Note: The bourbon is stirred in at the endโ€”uncookedโ€”to give a genuine jolt to the sauce. This Southern blend goes great with pork but is also a good finisher for chicken, duck, or veal.

Source: foodnetwork.com

5. Coffee-Chile BBQ Sauce

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Who doesnโ€™t love a concoction of coffee and spicy little undertones in a BBQ sauce? I do! This delicious, amazing tasting, awesome BBQ is not only great for beef, but give it a try on some pork ribs and see just how amazing the flavor is!

Ingredients:
3 guajillo chiles
3 mulato chiles
1/2 medium onion, cut into wedges
6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 tablespoons corn oil
1 cup tomato puree
1 cup strong black coffee
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch cumin
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Directions:
Split, stem, and seed the chiles. Toast the chiles in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, turning and flattening with a spatula, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Put the chiles in a heatproof bowl, cover with very hot water, and set aside until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain, reserve soaking liquid, chop chiles roughly, and set aside.

While the chiles soak, char the onion and garlic in the same dry skillet over medium heat until the onion blackens slightly and garlic softens in the skin, about 8 minutes. Cool, squeeze the garlic out of the skin, and put in a blender with chiles and onion. Puree to a paste, adding soaking liquid as needed (about 3/4 cup) to help the mixture break down.

Heat the oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chile mixture and cook, stirring, until thick and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add the tomato puree, coffee, sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, oregano, cloves, and cumin. Adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
Stir in vinegar and season with salt to taste.

Cook's Note: For this recipe, we prefer Mexican oregano. It's stronger than Italian oregano, so it can hold its own with the other assertive flavors in this sauce.

Source: foodnetwork.com

6. Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce

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Now, I am not someone that makes ribs all that often, but this BBQ sauce? It really inspired me to get some baby-back ribs and try to cook them. I was amazed at just how much tang this BBQ had and how incredible it tasted on my ribs! Try it โ€“ you wonโ€™t regret it!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, smashed
3 cups ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup steak sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground celery seed
Kosher salt
1 to 2 teaspoons liquid smoke

Directions:
Heat the vegetable oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is golden, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the ketchup, 1 cup water, the vinegar, brown sugar, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, mustard, celery seed and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the onion is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the liquid smoke. Strain the sauce, pressing on the solids to extract any liquid.

Source: foodnetwork.com

7. North Carolina-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

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Finally, if you are someone that absolutely adores anything vinegar, youโ€™ll love this BBQ sauce! Itโ€™s packed with tangy flavor, all kinds of vinegar taste and an amazing after-taste of bacon! This BBQ is not too filled with apple flavor; there are hints of it because of the apple vinegar, but itโ€™s so delish!

Ingredients:
4 ounces applewood-smoked bacon (in one piece), cut into large chunks
3/4 cup beef stock or broth
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
Kosher salt

Directions:
Combine the bacon, beef stock, cider vinegar, white vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, red pepper flakes, chile powder and 1 tablespoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the bacon renders its fat, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside to let the flavors develop, 20 minutes. Remove the bacon. Reheat the sauce before serving.

Source: foodnetwork.com

So, these are just a few of my favorite BBQ sauce recipes, do you have any that you want to share? What are some of your favorites? Give โ€˜em up!

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