'Bon Appétit's' Barbecue Sauce Champions


It's summertime and serious barbecue is having a moment in the sun. It makes sense that July's Bon Appétit is devoted to barbecue.

Good 'cue requires zesty sauce to smother the meat and to lick off your fingers. But consensus ends there. Some like their sauce watery, others prefer it thick. There are tomato-base believers, and those who adhere faithfully to the vinegar-based doctrine.

Bon Appétit names five barbecue sauce champions, all made by seasoned barbecue competitors.

Big Bob Gibson Championship Red Sauce

Big Bob, Alabama barbecue legend, makes his sauce sweet and chunky. $4.75, from bigbobgibson.com

Peg Leg Porker Memphis Wet Sauce

Thick, herbal, and earthy from Tennessee BBQ powerhouse Carey Bringly. $7.98, from lobels.com

Britt's Barbecue Red Sauce

Another Alabama pitmaster James Britt is quite a BBQ champ. This one sounds subtle, "roasty apple flavors with a pleasant hint of spice." $5, from brittsbarbecue.com

Wee Willy's World Champion Original Barbecue Sauce

The Wee Willy guys put Minnesota on the barbecue map with a smoky-sweet sauce. $4.99, from weewillys.com

Memphis Championship Barbecue Original Sauce

If sweet doesn't do it for you, you might be pleased with Mike "The Legend" Mills' tangy creation. $3.99, from memphis-bbq.com

Have you tried these sauces? Are they winners? What will you be saucing with when you start smoking and grilling?