Barbecue sauces come in all types and flavors, but most people only know the store-bought kinds. The bottles of thick gloopy stuff that everyone reaches for on the shelf is in no way like the authentic sauce you'll get at any reputable barbecue joint. If you're looking for authentic flavor or want to experiment with some new flavors, why not make a barbecue sauce from scratch? It's actually easy if you have a few condiments and ingredients like ketchup, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, etc. It's all just about the assembly with very little cooking.

If you're not that familiar with the different barbecue sauces, just know that each region in the South has its own special barbecue sauce recipe. Some are more vinegary, or more ketchupy or leave out the ketchup entirely. There's even one that is almost all mustard. And of course, most households have their own barbecue sauce recipe too -- it's all a personal choice as to what you put in your sauce.

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  • Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce

    Get the <a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/kansas-city-style-ribs-recipe/index.html" target="_hplink">Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce recipe from Cooking Channel TV</a> Kansas City-style barbecue starts with a very flavorful dry rub and finishes with an even more complex barbecue sauce. This recipe gives you exactly what you need to achieve the authentic flavors.

  • Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/eastern-carolina-barbecue_n_1059194.html" target="_hplink">Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce recipe</a></strong> The eastern Carolinas are known for their vinegary barbecue sauce. This recipe holds true to that with two types of vinegar, brown sugar and smoked paprika.

  • Cherry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-chicken-with-cher_n_1049544.html" target="_hplink">Cherry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce recipe</a></strong> Fresh or frozen cherries, cherry preserves and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce combine to create this sweet and smoky sauce with a kick. Use it on chicken or pork.

  • Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/memphis-style-barbecue-sauce-recipe/index.html" target="_hplink">Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce recipe from Food Network</a></strong> This Memphis-style barbecue sauce is close to the classic with flavors you'd easily recognize as barbecue: vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup and mustard.

  • Asian Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-drumsticks-with-a_n_1058293.html" target="_hplink">Asian Barbecue Sauce recipe</a></strong> This sticky, fiery Asian barbecue sauce is made from Hoisin sauce, chile sauce and rice vinegar. Five-spice powder adds some extra kick.

  • Maple Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/maple-barbecue-sauce_n_1049114.html" target="_hplink">Maple Barbecue Sauce recipe</a></strong> Southern Comfort and maple syrup are the special ingredients in this barbecue sauce. It's great on seared tofu as well as grilled chicken or pork.

  • North Carolina-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/north-carolina-style-vinegar-barbecue-sauce-recipe/index.html" target="_hplink">North Carolina-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce recipe from Food Network</a></strong> North Carolina-style barbecue sauce is known for its spiciness. This recipe includes two kinds of vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, chile powder and chile flakes.

  • Peach Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/maple-barbecue-sauce_n_1049114.html" target="_hplink">Peach Barbecue Sauce recipe</a></strong> The sweet tanginess of this barbecue sauce comes from fresh peaches, tomato, vinegar and ginger. It's made for slathering on pork, chicken or even salmon.

  • St. Louis Red Barbecue Sauce

    Get the <a href="http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/2138662-St-louis-Red-BBQ-Sauce?full_recipe=true" target="_hplink">St. Louis Red Barbecue Sauce recipe from Tastebook</a> St. Louis barbecue sauce is tangier than Kansas City-style. This recipe calls for ketchup, steak sauce, 57 sauce and apple juice or cider.

  • Whiskey-Dijon Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-steak-with-whiske_n_1062488.html" target="_hplink">Whiskey-Dijon Barbecue Sauce recipe</a></strong> Whiskey gives this barbecue sauce a nice oaky flavor and the Dijon mustard adds a complementary tang. Use it to serve alongside steak or spread on spare ribs.

  • Curtis Stone's Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/barbecue-sauce_n_1055245.html" target="_hplink">Curtis Stone's Barbecue Sauce recipe</a></strong> Curtis Stone's secret to a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce is pineapple and orange juice. He rounds out the flavors with soy sauce, cilantro and a hint of cumin.

  • Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/blueberry-bourbon-barbecu_n_1049584.html" target="_hplink">Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce recipe</a></strong> Blueberries help create this sweet, sticky and richly colored barbecue sauce. Bourbon adds a depth of flavor.

  • South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/south_carolina_mustard_bbq_sauce/" target="_hplink">South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong> You can easily tell South Carolina barbecue sauce apart from all others because it's bright yellow. Made with lots of yellow mustard, vinegar, brown sugar and some cayenne for a kick, the sauce is ideal on pork.

  • Bobby Flay's Lexington-Style Dip Sauce

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bbq-with-bobby-flay/pulled-pork-shoulder-with-lexington-style-dip-sauce-recipe/index.html" target="_hplink">Bobby Flay's Lexington-Style Dip Sauce recipe from Food Network</a></strong> Lexington-style dip sauce is very similar to eastern Carolina barbecue sauce except it has a bit of ketchup to tame all the vinegar. In Lexington they only put their sauce on pork shoulder.

  • Steven Raichlen's Basic Barbecue Suce

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/basic-barbecue-sauce_n_1049691.html" target="_hplink">Steven Raichlen's Basic Barbecue Sauce recipe</a></strong> This basic barbecue sauce recipe from Steven Riachlen hits all the bases of flavor. It includes ketchup, vinegar, mustard, molasses and brown sugar.

  • WATCH: How To Prepare A Basic BBQ Sauce

    Curtis Stone shows you how to prepare a basic BBQ Sauce for all grilling occasions.