Diva Tasting: Best Store Bought BBQ Sauces…

Best Store Bought BBQ Sauces

The Best Overall BBQ Sauce: Lillie’s Smoky Barbecue Sauce

Delicious, perfectly smoky, affordable, easily accessible — it’s only right we give “best overall” to Lillie’s. It’s slightly vinegary and spicy, not too sweet, and has the perfect amount of smokiness. Its mildness and well-rounded flavor makes it the perfect sauce for family cookouts with people of all ages.

The Best Classic BBQ Sauce: Stubb’s Sticky Sweet Barbecue Sauce

This widely beloved sauce is a classic for a reason. It’s exactly what we picture when we think of barbecue. Its smooth consistency, along with its very rich and sweet flavor, makes for the perfect coating to grill — well, pretty much anything. The smoky flavor comes from hickory smoke, which is balanced out with vinegar and caramel notes from brown sugar and molasses.

The Best Japanese BBQ Sauce: Japanese Barbecue Sauce by Bachan’s

You’ll be reaching for this Japenese-style BBQ sauce for all your meat, salmon, and rice bowls from now on. It’s pleasantly sweet, has nice umami flavor, and tastes like the perfect combination of stir-fry sauce and soy sauce.

The Best Spicy BBQ Sauce: Trader Joe’s Organic Sriracha & Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce

Trader Joe’s does it again. As most things at this store are, this BBQ sauce is incredibly affordable coming in at only $2.99. It’s sweet, tangy, flavorful, and most certainly packs in the heat with bits of chile pepper. If you like Sriracha, chili-garlic sauce, and BBQ, you’re guaranteed to be a fan.

The Best Versatile BBQ Sauce: Ogre Sauce

If you’re looking to bring your taste buds on an adventure, this is the one. It’s mustardy, tangy, acidic, salty, peppery, tomatoey — the list goes on. And because of its unique flavor, it tastes good on almost everything. Ogre claims “… customers have used it on ribs, wings, salmon, pizza… tofu, oysters, pretzels … pineapple … egg s…” and more, which led them to nickname it the “all-purpose” sauce.

The BBQ Sauce with the Best Bang for Your Buck:Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Baby Ray’s is a household staple. It’s cheap, it’s everywhere, and it’s unapologetically tasty. This OG sauce is exceptionally thick and sweet, so we can understand why it’s so darn good on grilled ribs and chicken wings. It definitely deserves a place in your condiment cupboard. Because well, it’s delicious. Need we say more?

By Nea Arentzen


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