BBQ Guide: Condiments and Sauces for Your Outdoor Party

Buying a BBQ is sort of just the first step. Once you’ve got it and learned how to use it, you might start getting better at smoking, grilling, and searing.

But even the best BBQ recipes out there fall down if the finishing touches aren’t quite right. After all, no hotdog is complete without it’s ketchup, no burger without it’s relish. So check out our guide to condiments and recipes, below!

Your Ultimate BBQ Sauce and Condiment Checklist

Let’s start simple:

BBQ Sauce

The great thing about BBQ sauce is that it can be used in more ways than one — to add flavour, to marinade, baste, or simply plonk on top of the meat. But it can also act as a condiment on its own. Whether it be pork, beef ribs, chicken or lamb, there’s a type of BBQ sauce to enhance your dish!

1. Tomato-Based

tomatoes, garlic and sauce on a wooden table

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By far, the most common type of BBQ sauces, this sweet, tangy, and syrupy dressing contains ketchup, molasses, brown sugar and vinegar. It can also include cayenne pepper and a variety of other spices such as onion powder, garlic powder and the likes in its recipe.

It can be used on every type of meat: from beef and pork to lamb and chicken. The tomato-based sauce will go on pretty much anything your grill or BBQ smoker can turn out.

Just check out the recipe for BBQ sauce below:

2. Vinegar-Based

hand holding up a bottle of vinegar

Compared to tomato-based bbq sauces, those made with a vinegar base are usually thinner and lean more toward the spicy end of the spectrum. They pair best with pork dishes since its astringent flavour helps balance out the fattier meat.

Thoughthey’re predominantly based in vinegar, some variants do contain ketchup — though not enough to make it as thick as the tomato-based bbq sauce variety.

Check out this recipe for a vinegary BBQ sauce:

3. Mustard-Based


Mustard-based sauces for barbecue are also perfect for pork, whether you’re e talking the whole hog, pork shoulder, or BBQ ribs. This type of dressing adds a savoury, tart taste to any grilled dish.

But, mustard-based sauces aren’t just limited to pork. They also pair well with the other foods you grill or especially smoke. They can give our palates a break from the traditional tomato-based dressings.

Just check out the mustard-based BBQ sauce below:

4. Mayonnaise-Based (White BBQ Sauce)

mustard in a pot on a tea towel

Though it might sound strange, Alabama’s famous white sauce does make sense when it comes to BBQ.

Mayonnaise is a condiment that mainly consists of a mixture of egg yolk, oil and vinegar. The idea of using it on barbecue dishes can seem a little weird, but White BBQ Sauce is also not mayonnaise alone. It is a thinned out variant that includes lemon juice and other seasonings.

It is typically served with smoked chicken rather than pork.

Condiment Checklist

Marinating with various spices does wonder to a BBQ dish’s flavour — but condiments and sauces still enhance its overall taste. So, make sure to keep this list of condiments handy for your next outdoor gathering for a fantastic barbecue experience!

1. Ketchup

ketchup and tomato on a wooden chopping board

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite barbecue rub
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, molasses, hot sauce, Worcestershire, barbecue rub, mustard, onion powder, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Use immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

2. BBQ Sauce

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BBQ sauce recipe:


  • For sweetness  – tomato ketchup, dark brown sugar, black treacle and honey
  • For tang  – white wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce
  • For a bit of heat and smokiness  – mustard powder, smoked paprika and black pepper
  • Plus a little vegetable oil to bring it all together and make it smooth and glossy.


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a saucepan and mix together.
  2. Heat over a medium-high heat, until boiling, then simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. That’s it!

3. Mustard

pot of mustard and mayonnaise on wooden surface

See the Carolina mustard recipe earlier in this post!

4. Cheese


  • Gouda
  • Cheese singles
  • Mature cheddar for burgers
  • Soft cheeses for wine and grapes

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5. Relish

bbq relish in a glass pot on wooden surface

Check out this recipe for authentic BBQ relish.


  • Green pepper
  • 1 Yellow pepper
  • 1 Onion (medium)
  • 2 Apple(s) (eating)
  • 900g Tomatoes
  • 150ml Vinegar (malt)
  • 150ml Water
  • 175g Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 200g Sweetcorn (frozen)
  • 50g Sultanas
  • 2 tbsp Wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato purée
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Pepper


  1. Core, deseed and finely chop the peppers, peel and finely chop the onions, peel and core the apples and finely chop the flesh.
  2. Place the tomatoes in a large bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for 2min. Drain and skin the tomatoes, roughly chop the flesh.
  3. Place the peppers, onions, apples and tomatoes in a preserving pan. Add the vinegar and water, bring to the boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until the apple is soft.
  4. Reduce the heat. Stir in the sugar and remaining ingredients and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 45 minutes until the liquid has reduced and the relish is a thick pulpy consistency.
  6. Spoon into jars and cover at once with plastic vinegar proof tops.

6. Hot Sauce

cartoon hot sauce bottle

Or how about this easy hot sauce recipe?


  • 1 cup ketchup   I used Heinz original
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano


Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir to combine and simmer 5 minutes. Use warm or let cool, pour into a jar and refrigerate until needed. Enjoy!

7. Mayonnaise

mayonnaise in glass jar on check tea towel

Check out the video below for a fail-proof mayonnaise recipe:

8. Tomatoes

hand holding chip with pico de gallo

With tomatoes you’re well on your way to have the ingredients for this pico de gallo recipe ready!


  • Ripe red tomatoes
  • White onion
  • Jalapeño
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Salt


  1. Chop your tomato, onion, jalapeño and coriander finely
  2. Let the onion, jalapeno, lime, and salt marinate while you chop the tomatoes and coriander
  3. Mix and leave it to rest for 15 mins before serving
  4. Serve with a slotted spoon so you don’t just get a helping of juice!

9. Ranch Dressing

bread dipping in ranch dressing in glass bowl

Pick up a bottle of ranch dressing to cool down spicy BBQ flavours!

10. Sour Cream

sour cream in glass cup on green tea towel

Sour cream also goes great with that pico de gallo recipe we just showed you!

11. Soy Sauce

soy sauce pouring onto a spoon

This soy glaze is great for a twist on BBQ wings.


  • 3 cloves garlic -- chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger -- thick slices
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon Korean red pepper flakes -- optional for spicy
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds -- optional


Add all the ingredients to a pot and boil it uncovered for 5 minutes or until it’s reduced to your liking. Keep stirring to make sure it doesn’t burn. Remove the ginger slices. Serve on the side or use as a glaze. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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