Five Barbecue Sauce Recipes for Easy Summer Grilling

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Marinades and sauces are the secret to spectacular summer meals. They can turn everyday dishes into summer celebrations and can be used in the oven or on the grill with equal success. I love having homemade barbecue sauce on hand to dress up chicken, pork and beef, and to make vegetables like sweet potato and zucchini extra interesting.

I don’t barbecue as often as I’d like but I’m a bit of an “oven” BBQ queen. I have great success cooking skewers under the broiler or in a hot oven (400 F or 450F) although they don’t quite get that smoky barbecue flavour. (It is total laziness in my part — our kitchen is on the front of the house and the barbecue is behind the garage and I can’t be bothered to do all of that running back and forth.)

Five barbecue sauce recipes for easy summer grilling:

My all-time favourite barbecue sauce recipe is my Uncle George’s Beer Barbecue Sauce. Something about the beer in the sauce just suits supper on the back deck and the flavour can go in different directions depending on the kind of beer you choose.


Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce is a simple no-cook sauce that you can mix up in a jiffy. It’s mild but you could always give it more oomph with a dash of Tabsco and a bit more smoked paprika.

chicken kabobs with sweet molasses barbecue sauce

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce is tangy and delicious, a little something different for your burger.

Julie's rhubarb barbecue sauce

Molasses Coffee Barbecue Sauce is the sauce that goes with our Molasses Pulled Pork. It’s especially flavourful and goes beautifully with much more than just pulled pork.

pulled pork with molasses

Our Easy Molasses Barbecue Sauce recipe has been around for ages. Seasoned with onions, dry mustard, chili powder and garlic it’s got a classic flavour profile. A full teaspoon of black pepper gives it a little bite.

Mix up your favourite recipes and leave them in the fridge so you always have them on hand. A mason jar full of barbecue sauce, tied with a bow, makes a lovely hostess gift if you’re invited to a friend’s house for a summer meal.

Do you have a favourite recipe for the grill?


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9 thoughts on “Five Barbecue Sauce Recipes for Easy Summer Grilling

  1. jean sauve says:

    would love to get recipes to try them out as

    would love to receive the recipes as the BBQ is used almost daily in this household .Many thanks

    1. Hi Jean, We have a BBQ eBook if you’re interested. Here’s the link: Enjoy!

  2. Dorothy Deecker says:

    I’d like to try recipes using Molasses.

  3. Dorothy Deecker says:

    I’d like to cook using Molasses to desserts and cakes

  4. Jocelyne bois says:

    Would love to have your bbq sauce recipe

  5. Heather Cameron says:

    Molasses and homemade biscuits are the best.

  6. Missguided says:

    Made you bbq sauce and added some garlic for beef. Some chili sauce and apple for pork, not sure what it will be for chicken but left out the water and heated it up in the microwave so it mixed easier
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    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi there, Thanks for all of your suggestions. It’s great to know that barbecue sauces are so easy to adapt.

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