Folks flock to 17th Street Bar and Grill in Murphysboro, Illinois, for their Pour On Sauce. It's silky and intense, with cider vinegar, fresh lemon, and brown sugar. Pour it on pulled pork or smoked chicken. Todd Coleman
Arthur Bryant’s Sweet Heat Sauce, from the legendary restaurant in Kansas City, is the classic match for hickory-smoked brisket. It delivers honey sweetness, a strong garlic kick, and a subtle turmeric undertone. Todd Coleman
Roscoe’s Barbeque in Rochester, Minnesota, makes Roscoe’s Original Sauce. It’s full of fresh tomatoes and red chile peppers, local Minnesota honey, and bright lemon juice. Try it on chicken or pork chops. Todd Coleman
Ribs get a blast of chipotle fire from Cowtown Barbecue’s Night of the Living Bar-B-Q Sauce, another Kansas City favorite, with all the sweetness and sultry smoke that the town’s sauces are famous for. Todd Coleman
Full of tartness from Michigan-grown cherries, Petoskey, Michigan’s, American Spoon Cherry BBQ Grilling Sauce has fresh orange zest and a touch of cumin. Delicious on pork loin, chicken, or duck. Todd Coleman
Since 1924, at Abe’s in Clarksdale, Michigan, they’ve been topping everything from barbecue to burgers with Original Abe’s Barbeque Sauce. It’s dark and peppery, with a bracing Worcestershire punch. Todd Coleman
Smokey Garlic Sauce from Guy’s Barbeque in Newton Falls, Ohio, has deep garlic flavor and a mesquite smokiness. It’s also completely gluten-and sugar-free (though still sweet). Slather it on steak or a burger. Todd Coleman
From York, Maine, comes Denny-Mike’s Sweet ‘n Spicy Slathah Sauce. This small-batch sauce has fresh pineapple juice and a touch of jalapeño. Use it to “slathah” some ribs or barbecued shrimp. Todd Coleman
On a brisket sandwich or some smoked sausage, try Lauren’s Spicy Recipe from the Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas. Its sweetness is tempered with fresh lime, zingy mustard, and just enough habanero. Todd Coleman
A bright and lively vinegar-based sauce with lots of black pepper and red chile spice, Scott’s Barbecue Sauce from Scott’s Famous Barbecue in Goldsboro, North Carolina, goes best with eastern Carolina-style ‘cue. Todd Coleman
Loveless Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, makes this Sweet With a Bite BBQ Sauce, which balances brown sugar sweetness with crushed red pepper heat. Paint it on ribs, or pour it on a pulled pork sandwich. Todd Coleman
Bursting with smoky flavor cut with sharp cumin and anise notes, Norma Black’s Barbecue Sauce from Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart, Texas, is a rich, tangy accompaniment for beef ribs or smoked sausage. Todd Coleman
Baste some baby backs or liven up a pot of be ans with Big Rick’s Big Taste Bar-B-Q Sauce, the creation of a barbecue-loving house painter in Wichita, Kansas. This sweet-hot sauce is thick with chunks of onion. Todd Coleman
From Legends in Harbert, Mississippi, Apple Cider for Pork Barbeque Sauce has a rich tomato base with a sweet, fresh apple taste and a bit of heat in the finish. Use it to baste a pork loin or tenderloin. Todd Coleman