Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Marinades, Sauces, Rubs & Salsas

Bubba-Lina Vinegar Sauce

It takes a lot of gumption to serve a North Carolina-style vinegar sauce in Kansas City, home of America’s favorite sweet sauce. But Jeff Stehney, head of the Slaughterhouse Five […]

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Firehouse Jack’s Mustard Sauce

In South Carolina and parts of Georgia, barbecue isn’t complete without a sweet, tangy, yellow-brown sauce based on mustard. The basic ingredients are mustard (often the yellow ballpark variety) with […]

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White Barbecue Sauce

In northern Alabama, barbecue simply isn’t worth eating without a tangy white sauce the chief ingredients of which are vinegar, mayonnaise, and black pepper — the way it’s served at […]

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Pig Picker Pucker Sauce

The Carolinas (particularly the northeastern part of North Carolina) occupy a unique position in the realm of American barbecue. Unlike the rest of the country, which enjoys ketchup-based sauces, the […]

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Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce

Dare to be different. That’s Jim Budros’s motto. What’s different about his barbecue sauce is its main flavoring, an ingredient most people are more likely to drink than cook with: […]

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Sparkling Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue sauces based on soft drinks turn up all across Planet Barbecue, and whether they owe their popularity to the sweet-sour flavor dynamic or simply to the convenience and whimsy […]

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Memphis Dry Rub Ribs

The “dry rub” rib, which is unique in the annals of American barbecue, contains paprika, chili powder, oregano, and mustard. Unlike most American barbecue rubs, it’s not in the least […]

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Apricot-Orange Sauce

Five stars here, orange soda, orange zest, orange juice, orange marmalade, and orange liqueur, are joined by apricots to deepen the flavor, while lemon juice adds a piquant touch. Try […]

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Salsa on the Coals

This salsa looks cool as all get-out as you prepare it (your guests will be amazed to see tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños burning away on the embers) and the resulting […]

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Great Wall Barbecue Sauce

This recipe comes from one of the legends of barbecue— Dr. Rich Davis, inventor of K.C. Masterpiece barbecue sauce. Davis got the idea for the sauce on a trip to […]

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