Different Kinds and Styles of Barbecue Sauces

Different Kinds and Styles of Barbecue Sauces

Outside of athletic teams, the rivalry that occurs between barbecue and sauce styles and regions is the biggest and most intense of rivalries.  People are religiously dedicated to their specific style and region. Theres an on-going debate about which of those sauces and styles is best and which region reigns supreme.  

All across America, from Texas to Kansas City and Alabama to North Carolina, you can find different kinds and styles of barbecue sauces. Keep reading to get a taste of six of these major sauces.

Alabama White Sauce

The world famous mayonnaise-based white sauce was invented by the legendary Big Bob Gibson.  He created this sauce to accompany his hickory smoked chicken. The sauce is typically thin and made up of mayo, apple juice, vinegar, lemon, salt and pepper.  Recreations of the sauce can sometimes be thick and creamy and can include horseradish, garlic powder and/or cayenne. Pitmasters love using this sauce as it was intended, on chicken, but also on turkey, pork and as a dressing on coleslaw.

South Carolina Mustard Sauce

German immigrants are to thank for the not-so-sweet, tangy, yellow mustard sauce.  This sauce is made up of plain ole yellow mustard, some tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, garlic and onion powder, hot sauce, sugar, salt and pepper.  This zingy sauce pairs well with pulled pork, other pork cuts and chicken.

Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Sauce

Like the basic barbecue method roots of the region, this vinegar-based sauce is no different.  The tart taste of the sauce cuts through the flavorful meat of slow cooked pork. The basic ingredient list consists of apple cider vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and just a tiny bit of sugar to take off the edge.  The consistency is thin, runny, and watery and packs a big flavorful punch. Use it to soak your whole hog as it cooks.

Western North Carolina Sauce

Some say that the western sauce is not much different than its eastern sister sauce, but wed say their barbecue palette is still young and naive.  The western style sauce is thicker and sweeter, thanks to the addition of ketchup and brown sugar.  Barbecue lovers enjoy slathering this stuff on pork shoulder.

Texas Style Sauce

Many agree that the best barbecue in Texas is brisket.  The best barbecue in Texas needs an excellent sauce to go with it: Texas-style barbecue sauce.  This vinegar and ketchup based sauce is extremely popular and widely known. With ingredients like onion and garlic powder, hot sauce, and Worcestershire it is strong in flavor and keeps people coming back for more glaze-y goodness.

Kansas City Style Sauce

This thick and tangy sauce is very popular among chain restaurants for dipping chicken nuggets and is often found on the shelves at your local grocer.  This classic sweet and thick sauce is made up of ketchup and molasses and the barbecue flavor comes from liquid smoke. Other ingredients like Worcestershire, brown sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce can be found in K.C. sauce.

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