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Summer wouldn’t be complete without the grill, a tradition that’s as great in American cuisine as it is worldwide. And although we’re all about whipping up a batch of homemade sauce, sometimes you’re in a pinch and want to slather on something pre-made by the experts. But not all bottled barbecue sauce is created equal, which is why we took one for the team and did the research for you. We found five excellent brands who are making some of the best sticky, sweet, tangy barbecue sauces that are perfect for meat, veggies and beyond.
Dean & Deluca Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce
Though you’ll find a lot of dry rub in Memphis, this is the kind of sauce the locals love if they do decide to give their barbecue a bath. This tomato-based sauce is a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy, a perfect complement to meaty goodness like ribs and pulled pork.
True Made Foods BBQ Sauce
Founded by two U.S. veterans who wanted to make the sauce game healthier, True Made Foods is a vegetable-based condiments line that’s as delicious and true to taste as it is wholesome. Their Kansas City-style BBQ sauce is packed with carrots, squash and spinach, contains half the calories of other brands and 20 percent less sugar too. And it’s delicious, so your wings will thank you.
Maker’s Mark Gourmet Sauce
For those who like a side of bourbon with their BBQ, Maker’s Mark Gourmet Sauce is just what you need for beef, poultry, pork and even seafood. The traditional recipe has been passed down through the Samuels family for decades, so you know it’s gonna be delicious.
Busha Browne’s Smoky Jamaican Jerk Barbecue Sauce
If you’re looking to add a little jerk flavor to your barbecue game, Busha Browne is the name to know. This rich, smoky sauce uses a bounty of traditional Jamaican ingredients that’s perfect for everything from chicken to pork. And it’s all-natural, so you can go in hard without worry.
Porkatarian Cuban-American Blend
Founded by triplet brothers who wanted to add international flavor to American barbecue, this Porkatarian blend takes inspiration from Cuba for a sweet and tangy sauce. The mix of tomato, molasses, honey and garlic goes with everything from roasted pork and grilled chicken to pizza and vegetables.