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Summer wouldn’t be complete without the grill, a tradition that’s not just popular in America but worldwide—almost every culture has its own signature barbecue style. We’re all about whipping up a batch of homemade sauce, but sometimes you’re in a pinch and need to slather on something pre-made by the experts. But, not all bottled barbecue sauce is high quality, so we took one for the team and did the research for you. We found seven excellent brands that are making some of the best bottled barbecue sauces on the market that are perfect for meat, veggies, marinades and beyond.
Sean’s booYah Stinky Bee – $9
Sean’s booYah! is the most award-winning hot sauce brand three times over—they even took their Louisiana hot sauce down south and beat the locals at their own competition. The Stinky Bee (a medium hot buffalo honey garlic sauce) is our favorite of the lot because it’s sweet, tangy, spicy and goes on just about everything from grilled meats to wings to peanut butter and jelly toast.
Dean & Deluca Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce – $9
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 – $12
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 – $10
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 – $10
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 – $9
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.
Bone Suckin’ Sauce – $7
Many of the barbecue sauces that line supermarket shelves are laden with high fructose corn syrup, but Bone Suckin’ Sauce gets its irresistible sticky-sweet flavor from molasses and honey instead of the fake stuff. Use it to marinate and grill all of your favorite meats, fishes and veggies this season.