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From Kentucky’s Smokin’ Grill to Buffalo Trace, there’s no doubt that Kentucky holds a special place in the heart of barbecue. Considering the sauces & meat styles are different, we divided Kentucky into sections based on specific areas within the Kentucky borders.

Western Kentucky

Sauces can vary, but most are heavily vinegar-based and include spices, with Worcester-based dipping sauces as you move further north. We suggest trying the Bourbon Barrel Barbeque Sauce seasoned with Bourbon Smoked Salt, Pepper, Paprika, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Worcestershire Sauce. This all-natural sauce is sweetened with pure cane Kentucky sorghum, adding a distinctly sweet, but tangy flavor. You can find this sauce in our Discoveries display.

Southern Kentucky

What sets this style of barbecue apart is the unique “dip” that adds a “bite-by-bite” zing to thinly sliced pork. This dip is composed of vinegar, butter, lard, black pepper, and cayenne that gives any bbq an irresistibly spicy, tangy, and creamy flavor. Moonlite BBQ Dip is the perfect blend of vinegar and black pepper, adding that final touch to your authentic Southern Kentucky barbecue. Look for this sauce in our Discoveries display to give it a try!

Eastern Kentucky

In eastern counties of Kentucky, the influences of the Carolinas and Tennessee are incredibly prevalent, but with Kentucky tradition behind it. Moonlight’s Original Barbeque Sauce is the perfect topping for your Eastern Kentucky style barbecue. Their blend of vinegar and brown sugar merges the flavor of the meat and the sauce, creating that perfect piece of barbecue heaven. Find it in our Discoveries display! 

Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky uses the tomato sauce mix that’s sweeter and tangy rather than the western vinegar-based version. Smokin’ Grill’s original barbeque sauce is a Northern Kentucky tradition. Their blend of tomato puree and brown sugar makes a perfect finish to any pork, chicken, or even meatloaf dish! Keep an eye out for this one in our Discoveries display.

Kansas City

Different styles of sauce, named for the area where they developed Kansas City sauce, is what most people call to mind when they are thinking about barbecue sauce. The form of this sauce is the most popular throughout the country. Kansas City traces its barbecue history to Henry Perry, who operated out of a trolley barn at 19th and Highland in the legendary African-American neighborhood around 18th & Vine. The key to the quintessential Kansas City barbecue sauce is a combination of Midwest tomatoes and molasses, with a bit of pepper and spices, making it sweet and thick. American Stockyard KC Pitmaster BBQ Sauce is an easy way to prepare an authentic Kansas City classic. This delicious sauce has a heavy dose of brown sugar and a hint of tangy mustard with a touch of spice. Brush it on your ribs or drizzle it on your brisket in the last few minutes of cooking time, and you will have your secret BBQ weapon. Be sure to snag this bottle from our Discoveries display!

North Carolina BBQ

Kansas City and North Carolina barbecue sauces are like night and day. While Kansas City sauce is all about sweetness, North Carolina sauce is all about tartness. This tangy sauce made with vinegar packs a wallop when a person tastes it. The robust tanginess of North Carolina sauce helps it stand up to fatty barbecue dishes quite well. That is why pork is the most common meat served in North Carolina barbecue joints. Many North Carolina residents will tell you that pulled pork is the only BBQ that matters. They’re so particular about their pork, they’ve split into two camps: Lexington Style and Eastern Style.

Lexington Style

Named after the city from which it originates, Lexington style BBQ uses a ketchup-based sauce mixed with vinegar and spices. Not only is ketchup used in the barbecue, but it’s used as a base for their coleslaw as well, resulting in a dish called “red slaw.” We suggest trying the Carolina Red Style Barbecue Sauce. It is equally balanced and tangy with hints of apple, to honor Carolina barbecue traditions.

Eastern Style

Eastern North Carolina style barbecue does not use ketchup or tomato-based sauces. It uses vinegar and pepper sauce, giving this barbecue a distinct spicy-tartness that melds instead of overpowering the flavor of whatever you’re barbecuing. Lillie Q’s Carolina-inspired, traditional vinegar sauce is the hottest this side of the Mason-Dixon, and Chef Charlie’s boldest creation. A blend of cayenne, red and black pepper brings the heat, while hints of brown sugar and apple cider make ENC just sweet enough for your favorite eastern style pulled pork.

South Carolina BBQ

In South Carolina, mustard takes the flavor stage! Dubbed with the name “Carolina Gold,” this sauce’s gold color says mustard in a big way by bringing the allure of mustard’s irresistible flavor along with it. Best on the lighter meats (chicken and pork), pre and post-cooking, but no boundaries exist when exploring the limits of topping. South Carolina is best known for this sweet and tangy sauce. We suggest grabbing Lillie’s Q Gold Barbeque. Their blend of tangy mustard and spices creates that Southern Carolina flavor you can’t beat. Look for this bottle and more at our Discoveries display!


Traditional Texas barbecue sauce is a well-seasoned mixture of tomato, spices, celery, onions, and garlic. Texas-style barbecue sauce is thinner and less sweet. The lighter viscosity of this sauce affects the way it interplays well with whatever it dresses. It typically includes vegetables as well as a beefy flavor from meat drippings or bouillon. Skip Kenny’s Whiskey Barbecue Sauce adds a spark to any Texas Style Barbecue. Grab a bottle from our Discoveries display and let us know what you think.

Southern BBQ

Memphis, Tennessee

Immigrants who settled in specific regions brought their particular ingredients and flair to southern barbeque. The Memphis sauce is a little different because they had access to the Mississippi River and exposure to different products. The signature ingredient in their sauce is molasses, which gives it a deep rich brownish-red color. Perfectly sweet, Blues Hog Barbecue Sauce is a Memphis classic made with all-natural ingredients, and it’s sweet, yet spicy flavor enhances the taste of all meats prepared on the grill or in the kitchen. Grab a jar from our Discoveries display to shake up your barbecue style!


The most important part of the Alabama barbecue ritual is their famous white sauce. White BBQ Sauce, aka Alabama White Sauce, is a barbecue sauce made primarily of mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, and horseradish with a smattering of other flavor building ingredients. Lillie’s Q Ivory Sauce is a tangy, authentic Alabama Style white barbecue sauce with a pinch of cayenne. We suggest you grab a bottle from our Discoveries display to bring a taste of Alabama to your home!


As you have now learned, barbequing isn’t as simple as it sounds. Many traditions and recipes have helped shape barbecue to what it is today. We hope you enjoy trying all of these new flavors. Be sure to visit our Discoveries display to get your hands on these products & more! 

To learn how to make a couple of simple sauces from scratch, visit the recipes below! 

Simple Barbecue Sauce

simple bbq sauce
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