The best sauces for ribs tend to be thick and sticky so that they coat the ribs and stay on the meat when you eat them. While most of these sauces are tomato-based, there are plenty of variations. Prepare these sauces in bigger batches and keep in the fridge between 1 and 2 weeks in a glass container. Avoid tasting and redipping the spoon because the sauce will go bad and get sour before you know it. Always reheat your sauce before using it. Never save the sauce that has been in contact with cooked or uncooked meats.
Classic BBQ Rib Sauce
A great rib sauce should cook on the ribs, low and slow so that it can sink into the pores of the meat and create a sticky crust on the surface. That’s the case with this sauce, made on a base of ketchup and flavored with sugar, spices and liquid smoke for a true BBQ taste.
Savory Rib Sauce
Our savory barbecue sauce features an old-fashioned approach to sauce-making by using chicken stock as a base. This is a great sauce for all kinds of barbecue, but the perfect blend for ribs, and because it’s mild heat it’s good for kids. Keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge
Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Grab one bottle of Dr. Pepper and put this soda to fantastic use in a sweet sauce that’s perfect on ribs. The Dr. Pepper reduces with ketchup, mild chili powder, sweet paprika, cider vinegar, brown sugar, among other ingredients. Watch your pot and stir to avoid overflowing because of the carbonation in the soda or burning because of the high sugar content. Add liquid smoke to taste. Baste your ribs with this sauce and to let it cook into place for smokey and perfectly sticky ribs.
Apple City Barbecue Sauce
From legendary pitmaster Mike Mills, this award-winning barbecue sauce is a labor of love. Loaded with flavor, this sauce balances the sweetness of apples, the tartness of the vinegar, and the smokiness of the bacon. Would you believe it includes soy sauce? Keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge.
Memphis Barbecue Sauce
Balanced between sweet and hot, this sauce contains 1/2 cup of Louisiana-style hot sauce for a little kick. Thinner than most BBQ sauces, our Memphis-style recipe calls for molasses and sugar, so keep an eye on the pot and don’t let it burn. Stir frequently until sauce has thickened, but remember Memphis-style sauce is thinner than others. Don’t overcook it.
Learning how to make your own homemade BBQ sauce is so easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it yourself all these years. Even if you’re a beginner at smoking ribs, making a sauce at home is a simple process. Just try it by yourself!