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Searching for the best hot sauce for BBQ? We’ve got you covered! Hot sauce and BBQs are a match made in heaven, elevating the overall balance of flavours and adding extra spice. Here, we explore some of the best hot sauces to experiment with, along with some of the key aspects you need to consider when choosing the right spicy BBQ sauce.

What is the best spicy BBQ sauce?

What is the best spicy BBQ hot sauce will depend on personal preference, including your desired flavour profiles and level of heat. Here are some of the best sauces selected by the team at Chilli No. 5:

Stubbs Original BBQ sauce

Bottle of Stubbs Original hot sauce beside a steak on a wooden board and a steak fork with a field in the background

Described as a must-have hot sauce for BBQ lovers, Stubbs Original BBQ sauce is made with all-natural ingredients and has a rich and tangy flavour thanks to its blend of tomatoes, vinegar, molasses, and black peppers. Its rich flavour profile makes it an ideal dipping sauce, perfect with ribs, beef, pork or even poured over baked beans.

Chilli No. 5’s Louisiana BBQ Hot Sauce

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Our Louisiana BBQ hot sauce is a spicy, American-southern-style hot sauce designed to elevate dishes from ordinary to extraordinary. Chilli No. 5’s Louisiana BBQ Hot Sauce is made with only the best ingredients, including a healthy dash of Bourbon whisky and our exclusive chilli mix. It has a deep, rich, smoky flavour, plenty of sweetness, and the perfect amount of heat. This BBQ spicy hot sauce is straight out of New Orleans!

Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce

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A great sauce for marinating or dipping! This BBQ hot sauce traces its roots back to a family recipe from 1985, when it was entered into a rib cook-off. Key ingredients include molasses, spice, honey, tomato paste, pineapple juice, and natural smoke flavouring. It has a rich, smoky flavour that pairs wonderfully with grilled meats and vegetables.

Traeger Texas Spicy BBQ Sauce

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This BBQ hot sauce is bursting with peppery heat. It is ideal for dipping, while its thinner consistency also makes it a great choice for marinating. It goes on just about anything, including meats, seafood, and vegetables, adding a good amount of spicy flavours.

Dirty Barbie BBQ Sauce

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This BBQ hot sauce has a really rich flavour, so use it on dishes where you don’t mind it taking over! The sauce’s strong and complex flavour is great with burgers, ribs, grilled pork chops, and sausages, adding a tasty twist and maximum mouth feel.

Red’s Unholy BBQ Sauce

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This is a no-frills, authentic BBQ sauce at a purse-friendly price point. Its mild heat makes it ideal for those who don’t want to overpower their food, while its versatility lends itself well as a dip, marinade, or base for rich tomato sauces.

What can I put BBQ hot sauce on?

BBQ sauce pairs wonderfully with a range of ingredients and doesn’t have to be used solely for BBQs! Here’s some great BBQ hot sauce food pairings:

  • Burgers, including plant-based burgers
  • Veggies, including peppers, onions, eggplant, mushrooms, and corn on the cob
  • Grilled pork or pulled pork
  • Grilled chicken
  • Chicken wings
  • BBQ steak
  • Roasted or jacket potatoes
  • Seafood, including grilled shrimp and salmon
  • Grilled tofu
  • Sausages
  • Sandwiches and wraps, such as BBQ beef sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches
  • Pizzas and flatbreads
  • Nachos and sliders
  • Meatballs
  • French fries – a super tasty alternative to traditional ketchup

Pouch of Chilli No. 5 hot sauce being used on a burger

What hot sauce goes well with BBQ?

BBQ hot sauce was made for grilling. Its sweet, smoky flavour complements grilled meats, vegetables, and fish. However, a range of other hot sauces also pair beautifully with barbecued foods, including Sriracha, Piri Piri, and Jamican Jerk hot sauce. The best way is to experiment with a range of hot sauces and flavours.

What is the most popular style of BBQ sauce?

Tomato-based BBQ sauces are by far the most popular, giving BBQ sauce its natural sweetness. While every BBQ sauce will differ, common ingredients include smoked paprika, black pepper, onion powder, spices, including paprika and cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and sweeteners such as molasses or brown sugar. Other types of BBQ sauces include vinegar-based BBQ sauces, mustard-based BBQ sauces, and the more unusual mayonnaise-based BBQ sauce, a traditional BBQ sauce that hails from Alabama in the US. Every BBQ sauce is unique, and the key is to experiment and find one that suits your taste buds.

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What BBQ sauce does McDonald’s use?

McDonald’s Tangy Barbecue Sauce is their own brand of hot sauce. They describe it as sweet and tangy with a smoky flavour. Ingredients include a tomato paste base, vinegar, and savory spices. If you love McDonald’s Tangy Barbecue Sauce, then we recommend trying our Louisiana BBQ hot sauce. Just like McDonald’s, our hot sauce is sweet and tangy with a delicious smoky flavour, but we have elevated our sauce and made it with the finest good-for-you ingredients, including 15 plant-based superfoods and supplements. We’ve even added a dash of Bourbon whiskey for an ultra-delicious taste.

How can I use BBQ hot sauce?

There are lots of ways you can use BBQ hot sauce. Use this smoky sauce to marinade meats, as a finishing sauce, or as a lip-smacking dipping sauce. You can even use it as a salad dressing.

Where can I find a spicy BBQ sauce recipe?

The best place to find a spicy BBQ sauce recipe is online or in a cookbook. You can also check out our delicious Superfood Recipes, inspired by international flavours and our range of global hot sauces.

Do I need to keep BBQ sauce in the fridge?

Whether you need to keep BBQ sauce in the fridge depends on each individual sauce. Chilli No. 5’s gourmet BBQ hot sauces are free from artificial preservatives and only made from the finest ingredients. Once opened, we recommend keeping our hot sauces in the refrigerator.

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Where can I buy the best hot sauces for BBQ?

You can buy delicious BBQ hot sauces from multiple online and in-store retailers, including:

  • From high-street supermarkets, such as Waitrose, Marks & Spencer Food, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s, from gourmet delicatessens, and local farmers markets where you’ll likely find artisanal style steak sauce
  • From online retailers, including Amazon, Ocado, and Etsy.

From gourmet hot sauce purveyors like Chilli No. 5. We sell our hot and smoky Louisiana BBQ hot sauce from our online retail store, Amazon, and Etsy. You can also find our delicious hot sauces in Fortnum & Mason and Harrods Food Hall.

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