Sauces & Rubs
The Secret's in the Sauce
|Whether you want your sauces to be spicy, sweet or smoky with just a hint of tang, our list of featured barbecue marinades and rubs — which range from Southern to gourmet to down Texan way — will be sure to keep your grill working all summer long, or all year, if that's what you prefer.
The Best Barbecue Sauces and Rubs
Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue Chipotle Molasses
This tasty topping from chef Steven Raichlen keeps meats moist and doesn't char or burn during cooking. The Chipotle Molasses Barbecue Sauce walks the line between sweet and hot, but is never cloying or off-putting.
|Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q Sauce
This thick and zesty tomato-based sauce hails from west Texas and works well as a marinade or a convenient dipping sauce. It comes in a variety of flavors, including Smokey Mesquite, Honey Pecan, Hickory Bourbon, and good ol’ Mild.
|Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauces
These inexpensive, easy-to-find, down-home-style sauces will be a welcome addition to your next barbecue. Flavors include Original, Honey, Hickory & Brown Sugar, Hot 'N Spicy, Honey Chipotle and Sweet Vidalia Onion.
|Sake to Me Hottie Marinade
This gourmet teriyaki marinade will make any boring dish adventurous! Sake to Me Hottie Marinade incorporates fresh chiles and cayenne pepper for a kick that will satisfy your craving for something spicy. The special ingredient in all of creator Lon Christopher’s sauces is Sake, the Japanese rice wine, which tenderizes meat and crystallizes veggies to perfection.
|Rufus Teague Honey Sweet Sauce
This flask-shaped bottle may be tough and manly on the outside, but it sure is sweet on the inside. This tantalizing BBQ marinade is sure to keep you coming back for more. Rufus Teague’s Honey Sweet sauce is made of natural ingredients such as raisins, molasses and Dijon mustard. There are no hard-to-pronounce ingredients or chemicals, which is evident upon first taste.
Brown County Shagbark Hickory Syrup
the backwoods of Indiana comes a sweet, smoky concoction
to replace sugar or maple syrup in your favorite glaze recipes.
Unlike syrups made from tree sap, this amber mixture is
made from the bark of the shagbark hickory tree, which is
native only to Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. Produced
by a husband and wife team from trees on their own land,
the syrup has a rich, woodsy flavor that no industrially-made
syrup can match. Combine with Bourbon, and you’ve
got the perfect marinade for ribs! An 8 oz. bottle is $15
grilled meats and vegetables are a healthy summer treat
that can too easily be spoiled by sauces high in sugar,
sodium or fat. D’Oni gourmet marinades, spreads and
glazes, which are all fat-free and low-sodium, offer a health-conscious
way to enhance grilled meals without sacrificing creativity
of flavor. Musically-named marinades like What’s Goin’
On Soy-Pear-Ginger Korean Teriyaki, Happy Together Orange-Chile-Garlic
and Moondance Marinade sing with unique combinations of
flavors for marinating tri-tip, steak, poultry, tofu and
vegetables. $5.90 per bottle, at www.d-oni.com.
Minnie’s BBQ Sauce
out three regional styles of barbecue in one backyard with
Memphis Minnie’s sauces. Get the restaurant’s
slow-roasted flavor by adding your choice of Texas Red Sauce,
North Carolina Vinegar Sauce or South Carolina Mustard sauce.
The names speak for themselves, but your ribs may leave
guests speechless. Available at www.memphisminnies.com for $6 per bottle.
|Memphis Championship Barbecue Sauce
to Memphis terrain, Memphis Championship Barbecue founder
Mike Mills packs his sauces in two varieties: Original
and Spicy. Mills, who has won the Memphis in May championship
on several occasions, recommends marinating meats with
“Magic Dust” instead of sauce, which he suggests
you save until the end of the cooking time and keep on
hand to dip the finished meats. The “Original”
sauce has a sweet-and-sour tang while the “Spicy”
variation is a blast of chiles and vinegar. The products
do contain peanut oil. Sold by the 20-ounce bottle for
$5. The Memphis Championship
Barbecue Magic Dust is a “heavenly mixture of flavorful herbs and spices”
with heavy notes of cumin, dried onion and peppercorns.
Sold in three-ounce jars for $5. Visit memphis-bbq.com for purchase.
Here is a sauce that proves that Texans
know their barbecue. It comes from the Goode
Company, a popular Texas barbecue chain that also sells
barbecue products. Their signature sauce is a great mix
of both sweet and spicy and is powerfully packed with flavors
of honey, bacon, chili powder and other spices. Plus, it
has a thinner consistency than most sauces on the market — think
more marinade, less gravy — which makes it easier for
meats to absorb its smoky flavor. It works best on ribs,
chicken or smoked brisket, but barbecue fans can also use
it on sandwiches or as a dipping sauce. The sauce is available
in Original, Heavy Garlic and Jalapeño Garlic. Dieters
can also try Goode Company’s assorted barbecue rubs,
which offer intense seasonings without the calories. $6.50 for 13 oz. bottle, Original is $5.95. For
more information, visit www.goodecompany.com.