When it comes to barbecue sauce, there are endless possibilities. How do you choose the best one for your needs with so many different flavors and styles? Here are five mother sauces as outlined by Southern Living in the video “Here Are The 5 BBQ Sauces Every Southerner Should Know | Southern Living” and how to use them.
First, there’s Kentucky’s Black Barbecue Sauce. This is a black Worcestershire-based sauce that is good for mutton, which is well-liked in the state.
You’ll need water, firmly packed brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt, white pepper, black pepper, and the secret ingredient of allspice.
Secondly, there is the Mustard BBQ sauce from South Carolina. This is a very tangy and mustard-based sauce. You’ll need yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, black pepper, kosher salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. It’s very good for French fries, onions rings, and smoked sausage.
Third, there is a Sweet BBQ Sauce from Memphis and Kansas City. As the name suggests, it is on the sweeter side. It has molasses which adds to the color and sweetness. In Eastern Carolina, there is Vinegar BBQ sauce, and finally, there is Alabama’s White sauce. This is mayonnaise-based, and it’s good for chicken.