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.