Fourth of July celebrations are in full swing and, to be honest, I’m still tweaking my pre-fireworks menu. I bought everything I need to make a couple of these hearty grain salads, corn for grilled corn on the cob (or should I make roasted corn with butter and herbs?), and, of course, meat. I’m thinking a tasty sauce is in order to pull the whole thing together. These easy BBQ sauce recipes should do the trick and, given how quick I can whip them up using mostly pantry staples, I have plenty of time. You and me both?
As long as I have a side of fresh, cooling salad, I’m not scared of some spice on my barbecue. The BOOM sauce (above & top) at Self Proclaimed Foodie is made with habanero sauce and brings serious heat. As in, put this one out of reach of little ones. You probably have most of the ingredients you need for this recipe in your pantry already, and if you don’t want to run to the store for the specialty Mexican habanero sauce—or just don’t want so much heat—substitute whatever hot sauce you have on hand.
Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas has become legendary as one of the country’s best BBQ joints. If you don’t have time to make the drive (or maybe the flight?) or stand in their also-legendary line, try making either their classic Franklin Barbecue sauce or Espresso Barbecue Sauce instead. The good women at Cookbooks 365 share both recipes and for that we are eternally grateful. The ingredient lists for both sauces are simple and, let me tell you, the key is to let the sauces simmer long enough for the flavors to meld together. So good.
Of course, not all barbecue sauces are made with a tomato base. In the Carolinas, mustard is king. And even though Bubba Mac’s Giddy Swamp South Carolina Mustard Sauce won Food52’s best bbq sauce recipe contest, it’s easy enough to make at home. If you keep a well-stocked spice cabinet, you probably have everything you need to make it. It’s so easy, it’s worth setting out as an option, even if you don’t think mustard bbq sauce is your thing. It just might turn out to be.
I’m guessing if you make this Watermelon Barbecue Sauce at Floating Kitchen, your guests are going to be begging you for the recipe. It’s a great mix of sweet and spicy and it could not be easier: Just put the ingredients into the blender and go. Which leaves you plenty of time to enjoy the party. And, of course, accept compliments on the food.