Understanding A Few Different Types Of Barbeque Sauces

24 May 2017
 Categories: Food & Cooking, Blog


If a new barbecue restaurant has opened in your area, then it may be time to start venturing into the world of barbecue ribs and slathered pork shoulders. If you are inexperienced when it comes to barbecue, then you may be confused by the different types of sauces that are available to you. There are many different barbecue sauce options, and they are often named after the area where they originated. Keep reading to learn about a few common types of barbecue sauce.

Kansas City Sauce

Kansas City barbecue sauce originates in Kansas City and appears sometime in the early 1900s. The sauce was originally used on slow-cooked meats created at pit barbecues, and the sauce is still used today in the same capacity. However, Kansas City sauces are used for much more than just slow-cooked barbecue. They are widely used for all types of barbecue meats, chicken wings, and some people even spread the sauce on french fries and other food items.

Kansas City barbecue sauce is the most common and it contains a dozen or more ingredients, depending on the brand that you purchase. The sauce starts off with a base of tomato sauce or ketchup and a sweetener is then added to this base. Molasses and brown sugar are two of the more common sweetening agents mixed into the sauce. Once the base ingredients are added, spices are mixed in and the finished product is typically an extremely thick sauce that often turns a bit black once it is grilled. The blackening is the sugar in the sauce burning and forming a crust on the meat.

West Carolina Sauce

If you like your barbecue sauce a bit more tangy, then West Carolina sauce may be a good option for your taste palette. This sauce has a vinegar base instead of a tomato one, and this results in a much thinner product. The thin sauce contains no mustard and very little if any, sugar. However, chile flakes and pepper are typically added to the mixture. The spices give the sauce heat and complement the tang of the vinegar. 

Western Carolina sauces typically have a simple taste profile. If you are looking for something a bit more complex, then go with a Texas mop sauce. The sauce is thin and vinegar based like the Carolina sauce, but it usually contains several spices that likely include cumin. Meat drippings or grease are often added to the sauce as well to make it much richer. 

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