Barbeque sauce – we. love. it. At Pork Barrel BBQ, we spend almost all our time thinking about BBQ. We’ve been honored to win some great awards for our BBQ sauce, including Men’s Health Magazine 2010 Best BBQ Sauce, Chinet People’s Choice Award for Best Barbeque Sauce and National Capital BBQ Battle 2nd Place for Best BBQ Sauce in the Nation. We understand that our company and our products are part of a great tradition in this nation. The purpose of this post is to share some of the history of barbecue sauces.
SO where to start? How about what to call it? One of the fun things we encountered when founding Pork Barrel BBQ was to learn that there are so many ways to call the same thing: BBQ sauce, barbeque sauce, barbecue sauce, bar bq sauce, bar b que sauce, and probably a few others we are forgetting. They are also an intensely personal and regional product. When you ask folks what are the best barbeque sauce ingredients, the answers are all different and depend on where you are from! Here’s a quick breakdown of the regional styles of barbeque sauce:
Kansas City Style Barbeque Sauce – We are both originally from Kansas City, Missouri – and you can find a great BBQ restaurant around every corner. A Kansas City style barbecue sauce recipe is traditionally a tomato-based sauce, combined with just the right amount of vinegar, molasses, pepper, brown sugar and spices. Try it on your pulled pork recipe, brisket, ribs and chicken.
Texas Style Barbeque Sauce – Texas style barbeque sauce recipe is also tomato-based, tends to be a little thinner than Kansas City style, and has the perfect blend of Southwestern seasoning, worcestershire sauce, and usually packs a little bit of heat! A true complement to brisket smoked over mesquite.
Memphis Style Barbeque Sauce – A sweet tomato-based sauce recipe, with a perfect blend of spices, always great on ribs and pulled pork.
East Carolina Barbeque Sauce – An experience unto itself, a vinegar sauce recipe with cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, salt and just right amount of sugar – amazing sauce on pulled pork.
South Carolina Mustard Barbeque Sauce – A tangy blend of mustard, cider vinegar and brown sugar – great on pork and chicken – also pretty amazing on a sandwich!
Alabama White Barbeque Sauce – It’s a very regional sauce – almost like BBQ mayonaise – Big Bob Gibson Bar-BQ does it best!