There are many sauces you can buy to accompany your grilled meats.
However, nothing beats a good homemade sauce.
There are recipes for all sorts of sauces, depending on your preference and taste. Some recipes vary according to country, and even state.
Sauces used for grilling meat can be traced back to the early settlers in the US.
They arrived from countries such as Germany, France and the United Kingdom. They all brought their own flavors and ingredients with them. These ultimately influenced the sauces we use today.
But which are the best?
Let’s look at some of the favorite recipes from a few US states.
This classic sauce has a tangy flavor and a distinct yellow color.
The main base of the sauce is mustard. This was introduced in this area from Germany and has remained popular ever since. It’s an excellent sauce to accompany tender, pulled pork or juicy chicken.
This easy sauce requires no cooking and will keep for over a month in the refrigerator - ready for your next grilling session.
This vinegar-based sauce is perfect for cutting through the fattiness of pork ribs or a pork shoulder. It can even be used for a whole suckling pig. Used in two ways, you can baste the meat while it’s cooking, or serve it as a dip.
It will help cleanse that fatty taste you might get from these cuts of meats. It will also enhance their flavor during the grilling process.
This versatile sauce is the perfect accompaniment for any type of meat.
It is particularly good for basting a beef brisket on the grill, and for dipping afterwards. Try it instead of your regular sauce on burgers and sandwiches.
This sauce can be used immediately or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to seven days.
The Kansas City sauce represents what most of us associate with a BBQ sauce.
It has the sweetness, tartness and heat that comes to mind when they think of a grilling sauce.
Tomatoey and thick, they coat meat, such as ribs, making them sticky and tasty.
This sauce can be used immediately or bottled and refrigerated. It will keep for up to two months.
Use the sauce to coat ribs on the grill, or as a dipping sauce for anything fancy.
If you want something completely different for your grilled chicken, this white sauce really hits the mark.
It’s quick and easy to make and will raise your chicken to the next level.
You can also drizzle leftover sauce on salad or coleslaw.
We have given you recipes for some of the classic American sauces for your grilled meat.
However, there are times when you might just want a quick and easy simple sauce. This recipe fits the bill, and it’s tasty as well.
Remember, none of these are set in stone and you can adjust them to suit your own tastes. Use the basic recipe and add different spices and herbs.
If you fancy an Indian-style sauce, add things such as cumin, coriander and chili. For a taste of Chinese, add soy sauce or five-spice powder. Mexican sauce needs more peppers and chili.
The options are limited only by your imagination.
You could also add alcohol, in the form of Jack Daniels, dark rum or whiskey. Beer and Guinness will also work. You might just need to reduce the sauce a little more before using it.
It something is too tart for your taste, cut back on the vinegar.
Too sweet? Reduce the sugar or honey. I am sure you get the idea.
No matter what your personal taste, these sauces will enhance any meat you choose to grill. Whether you use them for basting or coating your meat or serve as a side.
This post was last updated on April 15th, 2019 at 07:56 pm
William Clay is a BBQ enthusiast dedicated to sharing his grilling (and overall cooking) expertise with FireFoodChef's readers.