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Spareribs, pulled pork or a juicy burger - the thought can make your mouth water. It's even better if you have a delicious BBQ sauce to refine the whole thing. But there is no universal recipe for this. There are many different ingredients and flavours that can give your dish the finishing touch.

In this article, we will introduce you to our favourite BBQ sauces - from fruity to smoky - and answer all your questions about BBQ sauce. This will help you find the perfect sauce for your taste.


  • Many people are familiar with the classic American BBQ sauce. However, there are also other BBQ sauces that offer more variety through different flavours.
  • BBQ sauces are particularly suitable for meat dishes such as spare ribs or burgers, but can also be used to refine grilled vegetables or other dishes.
  • When buying, you should pay attention to the ingredients and allergens, among other things, so that you can find a sauce to your taste and enjoy it.

The best BBQ Sauces: Our Picks

In the following, we will introduce you to some BBQ sauces that consist of different ingredients and thus conjure up very different flavours in your dish. This should help you find the right sauce for you.

Buying and evaluation criteria for BBQ sauces

When buying your BBQ sauce, there are a few criteria that you should consider to ensure that you are satisfied with your purchase.

In the following, we will go into more detail about the individual purchase criteria and explain to you exactly what you should look out for.

Filling quantity

Some BBQ sauces are available in smaller quantities of approx. 500 g. This is good if you want to test the sauce first. This is good if you first want to test whether this sauce suits your taste. Especially with special ingredients, there is a certain risk that you will not like the sauce and it would be annoying to throw it away.

On the other hand, there are also large bottles and sets that you can order. This makes sense if you already know that you like a sauce and want to save a little on the price or if you have a big party coming up.


Of course, everyone has different tastes. Some people find a sauce too sweet, too smoky or too hot. There are also fruity sauces. Here you can try out the range and find the sauce that suits your taste best. Or you can look at the ingredients, which brings us to the next point.


The ingredients not only provide information about the presumed taste, but can also be important for particularly health-conscious people. Some sauces contain a number of artificial additives or even genetically modified ingredients. Some advertise pure naturalness. Here it depends on what is important to you.


If you are allergic to certain ingredients, it is essential to check the list of ingredients. Usually, the allergens are listed separately by the manufacturer, so you should have no problem finding them.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about BBQ sauce answered in detail

Now we want to answer the most important questions and answers about BBQ sauce to give you an overview of the topic.

What is BBQ sauce made of?

BBQ sauce is a spice sauce that can be used either as a glaze for meat dishes or served cold or warm as a side dish. It usually consists of some form of tomato, vinegar, some form of sweetener, acidulants, thickeners and flavourings. It therefore contains similar basic ingredients to classic ketchup, but is usually more strongly flavoured.

What is BBQ sauce used for?

BBQ sauce is mostly used for meat or barbecue dishes. It can add a special flavour to pulled pork, layered meat, spare ribs or chicken nuggets.

A good BBQ sauce goes especially well with meat dishes, but can also refine other recipes and foods. (Image source: Carlo Fuentelsaz / Pexels)

But it can also add a smoky note to grilled vegetables or burgers. It can also be used on pizza to add spice. As you can see, BBQ sauce is very versatile.

What types of BBQ sauce are there?

Basically, there are many different types of BBQ sauces. There are rather fruity and milder varieties, but also hearty and spicy BBQ sauces. Depending on the dish, but also on your individual taste, you can choose the right BBQ sauce from a wide range of variations.

Is BBQ sauce vegan and does it contain alcohol?

Many BBQ sauces are vegan and most are also alcohol-free. You should always check the ingredient list if this is important to you, as every BBQ sauce has different ingredients. Or you can prepare your own BBQ sauce according to a recipe.


The BBQ sauce can be used in a variety of ways and its seasoning can refine dishes aromatically. It can be used to glaze or marinate meat, but can also be served as a side dish. There are many different types of BBQ sauce and the ingredients can vary greatly.

When buying your BBQ sauce, you should therefore look at the ingredients, among other things. This will give you an idea of the taste of the sauce. And in the end, that's what counts.

(Cover photo: Horizon Content / Pexels)