Our Favorite BBQ Rubs and Sauces You'll Use All Summer

Try a new sauce or rub every time you grill. You’ll get juicy, flavorful food whether you’re cooking chicken, pork, beef or vegetables.


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Tri-Tip Barbecue Sauce

Tri-Tip Barbecue Sauce

Photo by John Kernick

Photo by John Kernick

The tri-tip steak is more common in the Western U.S., but you can look for a Santa Maria steak, Newport steak or Triangle steak. But this homemade barbecue sauce is great on any beef you’re grilling.

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BBQ Mop Sauce

BBQ Mop Sauce

This easy homemade barbecue mop sauce is a little thinner than dipping sauces, making it perfect to brush over grilled pork ribs or large cuts of meat—like brisket, pork shoulder or whole grilled chicken—that get cooked low and slow.

Prep 15 m
Cook 5 m

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Trio of Rubs

Trio of Rubs

Think of these barbecue dry rubs as magic pixie dust for meat before it’s grilled or roasted. Try all three: We’ve got options for steak, pork and chicken or fish. They even help you make the best grilled vegetables.

Prep 900 m

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Spicy Texas BBQ Sauce

Spicy Texas BBQ Sauce

This easy homemade spicy barbecue sauce is made with roasted tomato, onion and garlic, which gives you great smoky flavor for chicken, ribs, pork or grilled vegetables.

Prep 15 m
Cook 120 m
Roast 30 m

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Mustard-Based Rib Sauce

mustard-based rib sauce in bowl

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Do barbecue sauce for pork like they do in South Carolina. The spicy tang of mustard in this homemade sauce works great with ribs, pulled shoulder and grilled chicken.


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Tomato-Based Rib Sauce

tomato-based rib sauce in dish

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

A sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce from scratch that is thick and rich—perfect for basting over grilled ribs and for dipping pulled pork, smoked brisket or grilled chicken.