5 Mouthwatering Barbecue Sauces You Need To Try Right Now

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5 Mouthwatering Barbecue Sauces You Need To Try Right Now

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To be perfectly fair, you’ve probably already have a favorite sauce, but f*ck that …

Here’s where you switch things up just because you have the chance to.

Summer is a couple months away (depending on where you’re located), which means grilling season is on the horizon. And if there’s anything that says you’re a “Die Hard” American — it’s firing up the grill and slapping on a the goods. Whether that’s a full slab of ribs or a nice New York Strip, it doesn’t matter — as long as it’s good. The only thing that makes BBQ even better is of course, the sauce. But, choosing a good sauce is almost like choosing what color that new car you’re hell bent on buying is going to be. It’s also safe to say you’d probably go bat-sh*t crazy if you didn’t know any better.

You’ve got a myriad of options. Everything from mild to extremely hot & spicy, infused with special seasonings to just plain old barbecue sauce, the choices are endless. So what do you do when you have absolutely no idea on choosing the right one? You tap an expert in the field, and in this case, the good folks over at the Manty have you covered. Here are eight of the best you should try right now.

Southern Soul Hot Georgia BBQ Sauce

In a state that knows its barbecue, Southern Soul is something special: Georgia’s island-bound monument to the barbecue sandwich. Knuckles and burnt ends, chicken and sausage. Turkey? Sure. Pimento cheese? Why not. Tofu? Fat chance. If they can cook it low and slow and stuff it in a bun, they’ll serve it, generously smeared with this special sauce. An old family recipe (aren’t they all?) of smooth brown sugar, warming cayenne and tangy sriracha, it’s best with slow-cooked shoulder: rub with spices, top with onions, soak in stock, and set to low. The hardest part is a six-hour wait. The sauce makes it worth it.

Buy It Now: $7

Jule’s Gourmet Jamaican jerk sauce

Jule’s Jamaican jerk sauce first brought its Rasta flair to ’80s Manhattan at her mother’s famous chicken joints. Now this bottled taste of Trenchtown — ginger, scallions, spices, and, that infamous Jamaican trademark, the scotch bonnet pepper’s long-lingering fruity burn — can lively up everything from drumsticks (marinate overnight) to mellow old mayo (stir in a spoonful).

Buy It Now: $8

Franklin BBQ Espresso Barbecue Sauce

The BBQ debate will continue to rage on but no one these days is denying Aaron Franklin has some of the best. What started in an East Austin parking lot out of a travel trailer has morphed into a brisket slingin’ shrine boasting a 3 hour lineup and serious accolades, Bon Appétit Magazine recently named Franklin’s the best cue’ joint in the country. Here’s your chance to skip the line and douse a lil’ Franklins on your next batch of ribs (recipe: mantry.com).

Buy It Now: $28

Rogersmade Honey Infused BBQ Sauce

The husband-and-wife team behind RogersMade stocks an eclectic mix of handmade goodies from their southern artist and foodie friends, from soap to soda, but our favorite has to be their line of Bee in Your Bonnet honeys: locally foraged golden goodness infused with a whole hive of flavors, like this one, spiked with pepper, tomatoes, cider vinegar, and hickory smoked sea salt. While it might not fly in your sleepytime tea, it does wonders for — trust us — a nacho platter. Pile chips, chicken, corn, and cheddar on an oiled tray, bake until melty, and top with cilantro, cotija, and a lengthy drizzle.

Buy It Now: $14

Hak’s Chipotle Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Hak’s sauce has been field-tested in America’s toughest barbecue battlegrounds, from reality TV (Sharone Hakman cut his teeth on Master Chef) to, well, a real damn battleground, fed to 500 hungry Camp Pendleton Marines, so we think it can hold its own in your backyard. Thick, chunky, and rib-coating rich, the mix of molasses, vinegar, tomatoes, and spices starts tangy sweet then kicks with bourbon smoke. Complex enough to make a simple sparerib (salt-and-peppered, baked low until just tender, then finished on the grill) a prize worth fighting over.

Buy It Now: $8

Brandon Harris

One of the most unique individuals you'll ever meet, largely because I enjoy having discussions about any and everything. A rigorous passion for fashion and fast cars, plus ... I won't eat up all the food if you invite me over for Sunday Football.

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Brandon Harris

One of the most unique individuals you'll ever meet, largely because I enjoy having discussions about any and everything. A rigorous passion for fashion and fast cars, plus ... I won't eat up all the food if you invite me over for Sunday Football.

All stories by:Brandon Harris