Best BBQ Sauce - Top 10 Grill Sauces for the Summer

American Heritage's Top Ten Saucen from Stonewall Kitchen

What should not be missing when perfecting your grilling, besides the best meat?


The answer is, of course, the best BBQ sauce. While you could theoretically opt for homemade grill sauce, if you want to savor the perfect flavor, it's worth following the experience and advice of experts. The grill and BBQ enthusiasts at Stonewall Kitchen share this view and have developed a whole range of premium BBQ sauces in fantastic flavors that, in our opinion, outshine our grill sauces here.

We've compiled our 10 most popular and best BBQ sauces for grilling from Stonewall Kitchen for you. This will make your grill or BBQ event with friends and family a true highlight. And who knows, maybe you'll discover your new favorite sauce that you hadn't even considered before...

10. Our Insider Tip for This Summer - Hawaiian Grille Sauce

The exceptional flavor of this exotic grill and BBQ sauce transports you to the white beaches of Hawaii. Inspired by typical Lūʻau traditions, this sauce draws from traditional Hawaiian recipes, especially the classic marinade for Huli-Huli Chicken. The exotic grill sauce, based on tomato paste, molasses, tamarind extract, and soy sauce, is enhanced with brown sugar, ginger, and pineapple for a simultaneously tangy, sweet, and fruity flavor combination. Just like its source of inspiration, this aromatic barbecue sauce pairs exceptionally well with pork and chicken.

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If you've developed a taste for fruity grill sauces, why not also try the equally delicious Pineapple Ginger Sauce with its fruity blend of pineapple, lime juice, and fresh ginger? Ideal for rice dishes as well as fish and light meats like chicken.

9. Perfect for Chicken Wings - Hot Honey Wing Sauce

If you've already been captivated by the classic Hawaiian Huli-Huli Chicken, don't miss out on the flavor kick of the Hot Honey Wing Sauce. With its blend of premium honey and fine Dijon mustard, this sauce offers a particularly versatile and deep flavor profile. A touch of spiciness comes from zesty cayenne pepper, which doesn't just add a kick to classic Buffalo wings. Serve this sauce not only for grilling but also as a great dip at your next football game.

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8. Fruity, Smoky, Sweet – Smoky Peach Whiskey Sauce

The unique flavor combination from Stonewall Kitchen that as a popular BBQ sauce makes the hearts of grill enthusiasts beat faster even here. The blend of juicy peaches and authentic American Southern Whiskey along with savory Dijon mustard and a touch of sweet honey makes the Smoky Peach Whiskey Sauce one of the best grill sauces from Stonewall Kitchen. With its wonderful smoky note, this American BBQ sauce pairs well with all kinds of grilled meats, especially chicken thighs and pork fillets. The special tip from the American Heritage team: Slightly dilute the sauce with olive oil and vinegar to enjoy it as a flavorful dressing for fruity summer salads. Delicious!

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7. With Slow-Roasted Apple Slices – Roasted Apple Grille Sauce

Roasted apples go well with pork, and that's also the case with the delicious Roasted Apple Grille Sauce from Stonewall Kitchen. Roasted apple slices and pure maple syrup give the American BBQ sauce a uniquely smoky-sweet flavor. For further flavor experiences, there's a base of apple cider vinegar that blends with the aromas of brown sugar, onions, turmeric, and Dijon mustard, giving the sauce its slightly tangy note.

As mentioned, the delicious grill sauce pairs particularly well with pork, but it also serves as a dip for cheese and more. Our personal tip for one of Stonewall Kitchen's best grill sauces: Dilute the sauce slightly with apple cider vinegar and drizzle it over poultry salad, adding fresh apple pieces and almonds.

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6. Exotic BBQ & Grille Sauce – Curried Mango Grille Sauce

Classic Indian flavor in an American BBQ sauce? It might sound atypical at first, but it's a unique taste experience. The fine BBQ sauce with mango, passion fruit, and curry creates a one-of-a-kind flavor profile, combining Asian influences with the tradition of the best American grill sauces. Pineapple, passion fruit extract, and lemon juice enhance the fruity notes of the delicious mango BBQ sauce. Simultaneously, Dijon mustard, curry, roasted onions, and garlic bring a blend of aromatic influences from South Asia. Not surprisingly, the Curried Mango Grille Sauce pairs especially well with Indian-inspired dishes featuring chicken, vegetables, and rice. For those who enjoy unique flavors, you can also try it as a dessert by spreading it on freshly grilled fruit skewers. Easy and quick to prepare. Why not try one of the best barbecue sauces for yourself?

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5. Popular BBQ Sauce from the USA – Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce

Coming in at 5th place, in our opinion, is an absolute hidden gem from the range of best BBQ sauces from the USA by Stonewall Kitchen. The Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce stands out with its blend of zesty citrus fruits and pineapple in an aromatic combination with ginger, garlic, and rosemary. Balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard deepen the aromatic flavor experience, and pure cane sugar adds a slightly sweet undertone that brings the flavors of fruits and herbs to the forefront. With its intense flavor blend, it's not just a delicious barbecue sauce but also an excellent marinade. While it pairs wonderfully with certain types of meat (e.g., lamb) due to its flavor combination, we recommend this one of the best grill and BBQ sauces from Stonewall Kitchen, especially with fish and seafood as well as poultry.

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4. The Probably Best BBQ Sauce for Ribs & More – Baby Back Rib Sauce

From the tradition of North Carolina Barbecue comes one of our most classic and best BBQ sauces for ribs from Stonewall Kitchen.

The Baby Back Rib Sauce with its delicate sweetness of molasses is a true classic of American BBQ sauce culture and is essential to North Carolina BBQ with its juicy pork ribs. The base of smoky BBQ sauce made from hearty tomato paste and fine Dijon mustard is sweetened with molasses. The experts at Stonewall Kitchen have enhanced this traditional blend, one of the best American grill sauces, with fruity notes of pure passion fruit and orange juice, perfectly complementing pork. The added natural hickory smoke (Liquid Smoke) also intensifies the smoky aroma of the grill sauce, giving it an even more distinctive grilled taste.

The Baby Back Rib Sauce from Stonewall Kitchen naturally pairs perfectly with pork (especially ribs!), but it also makes a very good match with beef and chicken thighs flavor-wise.

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3. BBQ Sauce with American Peanut Butter – Roasted Garlic Peanut Sauce

Attention, peanut fans: Unlike most other BBQ & grill sauces from Stonewall Kitchen in the list of the best American BBQ sauces, this one doesn't rely solely on tomatoes for its base flavor. Instead, it features a good dose of authentic American peanut butter for a uniquely nutty aroma. Adding to the flavor profile of one of our best BBQ sauces is a delicious blend of soy sauce, garlic, roasted onions, curry, and Dijon mustard. The result is an extremely versatile flavor profile with a slight Asian flair. Of course, a touch of heat is essential here as well. Red chili flakes and red paprika granules provide a fiery finish. This nutty and aromatic sauce pairs particularly well with chicken, pork fillets, shrimp, and more.

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2. The American BBQ Classic with Exquisite Honey – Honey Barbecue Sauce

The typical American classic in our range of barbecue sauces:

The Honey Barbecue Sauce is a truly fine BBQ sauce with traditional roots. What makes one of our best barbecue sauces special is the blend of the legendary sauce base made from fresh tomatoes, as used in homemade barbecue sauces, with exquisite honey for a naturally sweet note. Due to the honey and the fruity-sweet flavors from fresh tomatoes, it starts off with a gentle taste. The heat of the honey BBQ sauce comes mainly in the finish with the addition of natural chili extract and paprika oil. With its unique flavor combination, this BBQ sauce pairs with versatile BBQ classics such as spare ribs, burgers, chicken wings, or even as a dip for fries and potato wedges. The extremely popular Honey Barbecue Sauce is rightfully considered a true BBQ all-rounder among connoisseurs!

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Honorable Mentions: Teriyaki Sauces with Asian Flair

Teriyaki is a typical seasoning sauce variant from Japan that is becoming increasingly popular here, along with sushi and more. The basis for classic teriyaki sauces consists of a mixture of soy sauce, a sweetener such as honey or cane sugar, and a blend of flavors and spices like sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Depending on the aroma and intensity of the soy sauce used, teriyaki sauce generally pairs well with almost anything, from beef and chicken to fish, vegetables, and of course, all kinds of rice dishes.

From Stonewall Kitchen, we offer 3 delicious variations of this versatile seasoning sauce. The Garlic Teriyaki Sauce is extremely aromatic with a good amount of garlic. If you prefer traditional Japanese with a hint of ginger, the Sesame Ginger Teriyaki Sauce is the best choice. For those who like it spicier, we recommend the Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce, which adds the delightful heat of sriracha to the otherwise sweet teriyaki sauce.

An absolute taste experience for all fans of Asian-inspired cuisine.

1. Our Best BBQ Sauce with Maple Syrup – Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce

And the Winner is:

The Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce is the most popular and undisputed Stonewall Kitchen favorite at American Heritage – and for good reason. The American BBQ sauce with maple syrup combines ancient traditions from both North and South America.

Even the ancient Aztecs roasted chili peppers over an open fire to preserve them longer – they called them 'Pochilli' (smoked chili). The Mexicans later coined the term 'Chipotle', which has persisted to this day.

Our best grilling sauce, the Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce, combines this millennia-old, Central American flavor of rich and spicy chipotle chilies with a touch from the American North – the flavor of sweet maple syrup. The liquid gold from the northern regions, along with naturally made brown sugar syrup, gives the barbecue sauce a seductive sweetness.

The multifaceted all-around BBQ sauce is rounded off with fresh tomato chunks for the perfect BBQ experience and the typical taste of American BBQ.

Generally, the Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce is regarded as the most popular and best sauce from the USA by Stonewall Kitchen. Thanks to its unique flavor combination of roasted chili peppers and sweet maple syrup, it has won numerous awards: for example, it was named "Best Condiment 2009" by AmericasMart's Best of Atlanta and recognized as the "Outstanding Savory Condiment 1997" by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT).

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The American BBQ Experience for Tasting and Gifting

Is your mouth already watering? Then why not try our selection of the best BBQ sauces for this summer yourself!

We have just the thing for you: The Grilling & Barbecue Collection Gift Set from Stonewall Kitchen includes two of our Top 10 BBQ sauces from the USA (Position 2: Honey Barbecue Sauce and Position 4: Baby Back Rib Sauce) as well as our summer secret tip Hawaiian Grille Sauce, all packaged in a convenient and stylish box. The perfect gift idea for anyone looking to bring a big smile to the face of a true grill and BBQ enthusiast. Of course, you can also treat yourself with this great Grill & BBQ Sauce Box and try out some of the best BBQ sauces from the USA.

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By the way: If you want to learn more about the different variations of AMERICAN BBQ, feel free to read on in our blog on the topic. Enjoy your meal.