Know a lover of all things grilling? Here are seven sauces from some of the best makers in the USA.  From bacon jam to a family Japanese bbq sauce recipe, these sauces will elevate your backyard bbq game in a flash. 

Bourbon Barbecue Yakitori With Togarashi Spice

1. Sweet Smoky Tangy Barbecue Sauce // Bourbon Barrel Foods // Louisville, KY

A pioneer of all things bourbon barrel aged, infused and smoked, founder Matt Jamie started with Blue Grass Soy Sauce (the only microbrewed soy sauce made in the United States) and has expanded to a mini-empire that includes everything from spices to sorghum syrup.  We love this barbecue sauce because it layers in many of BBF's signature Bourbon Smoked and aged items like Barrel Aged Worcestershire Sauce to Smoked Pepper. 

From The Maker:

"Seasoned with Bourbon Smoked Salt, Pepper, Paprika and Bourbon Barrel Aged Worcestershire Sauce, our Barbecue Sauce is packed with tons of flavor.  This all-natural sauce is sweetened with pure cane Kentucky sorghum, adding a distinct sweet and tangy flavor. Pair this sauce with everything from burgers to chicken to pork!"

Fast 5 Uses:

  1. Brush On Grilled Corn
  2. Douse Over Nachos
  3. Pulled Chicken/Pork Sandwich
  4. Dipping Sauce for anything from Yam Fries to Pizza (Also replacing tomato sauce on pizza).
  5. Slather On A Grilled Cheese


Bourbon Barrel Barbecued Chicken Legs

Bourbon Barbecue Yakitori With Togarashi Spice

Barbecued Steelhead Lettuce Wraps

2. Japanese Barbecue Sauce // Bachan’s // Sebastopol, CA

Japanese Barbecue Steak & Udon Salad Recipe Here

Grilled Ribeye Recipe

From The Maker:

For as long as I can remember, my Bachan — you might say Granny — would cook up the most amazing meals with our umami–filled, teriyaki-ish sauce! The recipe has been passed down and perfected over generations and today, my family and I are honored to share our authentic Japanese Barbecue Sauce with you.

To stay true to the original recipe, we cold-fill our sauce — which eliminates any need for additives, preservatives, or flavorings. Our crave-worthy flavor comes naturally from delicious, clean ingredients. Let’s eat!



Grilled Ribeye

Game Day Chicken Wings

Summer Salad

Pan Fried Salmon with Soba

Bachan’s Kalbi Short Ribs with Rice, Kale Salad, and Kimchi


More Recipes:

Ahi Tuna Wonton Nachos

Chicken Meatballs

Japanese BBQ Bowls

Easy Bachan’s Bulgogi Rib-eye Sliders

Grilled Red Snapper

Japanese Tacos with Yuzu Sriracha Crema

Crispy Tofu Tacos

Braised Short Ribs

Satay Burger - With Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter & Fat Cat Foods Sriracha

Sriracha Turkey Satay Burger Recipe Here

Bacon-Flavored Sriracha // Fat Cat Foods // Orlando, FL

Bacon? Sriracha? What more could you want in sauce form? Orlando husband-and-wife team Eyal Goldshmid and Deborah Moskowitz make a boatload of award winning sauces and we think this one is the cat's meow. We highly recommend this fiery flavor giver in these Sriracha Turkey Satay Burgers.

From The Maker:

Our Bacon-Flavored Sriracha blends the garlicky-peppery punch of the classic Thai-inspired hot sauce with the savory, salty succulence of roasty-toasty bacon. It’s the ideal American condiment, purr-fect with burgers, fries, grilled cheese sandwiches and more. Plus it’s preservative-free and vegan (yes, Vegan). What could be better?

Fast 5 Uses:

  1. Pizza
  2. Toss With Wings
  3. Mix With Mayo To Kick Up A Sandwich
  4. Mix Into Guacamole
  5. Toss Roast Vegetables In Bacon Sriracha

3. Orginal Craft Wing Sauce // The Spicy Shark // Portsmouth, NH

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sub Recipe Here

Wings are the cornerstone of the Game Day spread. Fried, baked or grilled the sauce is the deal-breaker. Thankfully, The Spicy Shark has concocted one of the truly great wing sauces in the country, developing a dairy Free twist on the traditional version. The sauce even placed 2nd in the 2020 Scovie Awards (think the Oscars for spicy foods). In their words “Sweet Red Peppers meet Spicy Cayenne Peppers, with a smooth vinegar and garlic bite.” In our words? Roll some piping hot wings around in this stuff and your guest will be asking for your secret recipe.

Shaved Beef Sandwich With Kimchi And Cucumber Recipe Here

4. Korea Tangy And Spicy Everything Sauce // This Little Goat // Chicago, IL

What happens when a Top Chef winning, James Beard Award decorated chef starts making globally inspired sauces? Home cooks everywhere get less-boring food in a squeeze. We are obsessed with this tangy concoction of chilies and soybean paste which works on everything from green beans and pizza, to grilled meats and stir fry. Chef Stephanie Izard bottled up years of expertise and travel into easily one of the best product lines from any maker we have seen. When in Chicago, check out her joint Girl & the Goat but in the meantime, the goat is in your corner to help wake up weeknight eats. 

From The Maker:

"When chef Stephanie Izard opened Girl & the Goat in 2010, we never imagined that a side of green beans could develop the cult following that they did.

Guests were begging for the sauce to use at home to turn up the flavor for their own veggie dishes. That’s when she decided to start bottling it. Over the years we’ve grown quite a lot from our first flavor, and we’re not looking back. We’re proud to offer a line of cooking sauces and spices that make delicious, globally inspired flavors effortless and can add a boost of flavor to your favorite dish.​ Explore where cooking can take you."

"Turf & Turf" Tacos With Honey Glazed Pork Belly & Shredded Sesame Teriyaki Jerky Recipe Here

5. Honey Glaze Sauce // KPOP Foods // Los Angeles, CA

We’re big believers the world needs to experience more Korean flavors from Kim Chi to Gochujang to Galbi and Black Garlic. This sauce may have foreign origins but it is a go-to partner for any American classic whether it’s pork belly tacos, fried chicken, chicken burgers or ribs. You’re just one squeeze from helping a dish K Pop off.

From The Maker:

The Dream Team Behind KPOP Foods…

  • AWARD WINNING FORMULA - Created by successful restaurateur, Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race and Cutthroat Kitchen champion, Chef Chris Oh.
  • SWEET & SAVORY FINGER LICKING LIP SMACKING SATISFACTION - Blending honey, gochujang, jalapeños, garlic, and lime, this sauce is delightfully sweet and subtly savory with a slight kick. Guaranteed to satisfy both your sweet and savory cravings!
  • KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN SAUCE - Made for chicken, but also great on ribs, salmon, tacos, and fries.

More Recipes:

Big Bang Shrimp Tacos Recipe Here 

6. Hott Smoke // NW Elixirs // Portland, OR

A good bottle of hot sauce is like an old friend, always there when you need it and ok passing along the credit.  Portland Chef Andrew Garret makes some of the best sauce in America and his Hott Smoke hits food with chipotle backbone, smokey garlic and onions and enough natural sweetness to elevate anything coming off a grill. 

Smoky Chipotle Chili Dogs

Smoky Chipotle Chili Dogs Recipe Here

From The Maker:

"This is the be all chipotle based sauce. With its smoked onions, garlic, and ancho chilies this sauce is like a condensed BBQ sauce without the refined sugars, gums and extracts. As you cook with this sauce it just gets better. We recommend this sauce with everything. It’s perfect for grilling chicken, pork, steak, shrimp, vegan meat substitutes, and roasting meats."

5 Fast Uses:

  1. Chipotle Mayo
  2. Grilled Thick Cut Chipotle Bacon
  3. Chipotle Caramelized Onions
  4. Chipotle Butter For Steaks 
  5. Kick Up A Bloody Mary


Spicy Lamb Ribblets

Summertime Beef Burgers

NW Elixirs Grilled Salmon

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Cabbage Wedge Salad With Bacon & Smoky Yogurt Dressing

Grilled Cabbage Wedge Salad With Bacon & Smoky Yogurt Dressing Recipe Here

Fried Fish "Surf & Turf" Sandwich With Hot Pepper Bacon Jam Recipe

Pineapple Bacon Wings Recipe Here

7. Hot Pepper Bacon Jam // Terrapin Ridge Farms // Clearwater, Florida

Spreadable bacon? Goes with anything, naturally. But lately, we’ve been warming up to beachy bacon jam uses like adding the “turf” in this easy surf & turf fried fish sandwich or as a smoky-sweet glaze on these pineapple bacon wings. We dig Terrapin farms because like all great products, they have a simple goal “to eliminate the need to buy multiple ingredients and spend hours in the kitchen.”. Yes, think of this as a beautiful, secret shortcut to delicious, bacon bliss.

From The Maker: 

“Roasted red pepper puree, jalapeno peppers and real bacon combine to create an addictive jam. For a quick appetizer, pour over cream cheese and serve with crackers. Use straight out of the jar as a dip. Pairs perfectly with strong cheeses. Delicious served with grilled fish and chicken or as a condiment on a sandwich, wrap or Panini. 

Fast 5 Uses:

  1. Glaze meats with Hot Pepper Bacon Jam.
  2. Combine Hot Pepper Bacon Jam with cream cheese on a bagel. 
  3. Add Hot Pepper Bacon Jam to fried Rice 
  4. Avocado Toast + Hot Pepper Bacon Jam
  5. Fried Plantains With Hot Pepper Bacon Jam


Fried Plantains With Hot Pepper Bacon Jam Recipe Here

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