Gluten-free Barbecue Sauce

Nothing beats the rich, deep, flavor of a good barbecue! Barbecuing is different from grilling because the cuts of meat, pork, or steak that you use are slow-cooked over indirect heat.  By cooking the meat slowly, over a gas flame, charcoal or gas, the meat becomes meltingly tender and infused with the rich, smoky flavor of the fire. However, this tender and soft meat isn’t complete without a barbecue sauce. If you have celiac disease or you are sensitive to gluten, then you need to use a gluten-free barbecue sauce.

I have put together a list of brands to check when next you are shopping for a gluten-free barbecue sauce. These sauces are packed with flavors and can be used on everything from veggie kabobs to burgers and ribs. They are available at most grocery stores, so you won’t break a sweat trying to get them.

Meet your gluten-free BBQ sauces!

Bone sucking sauce

There are a lot of gluten-free sauces out there but I fell for this one!  I love this sauce because you can see the chunks of peppers and onions in this tangy-sweet sauce. 

Bone sucking sauce is naturally sweetened with honey and molasses. It is packed with flavor from mustard, horseradish, and apple cider vinegar. It has an irresistible hint of smoke and it is great for grilling and dipping.

According to food and wine magazine,  the company’s president’s grandmother [Sandi Ford] used to suck the sauce off ribs and chicken bones, hence the name Bone Sucking Sauce. Haha!

Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce

Not all Jack Daniel’s Barbecue sauces are gluten-free, however, these are certified as gluten-free:

  • Hickory Brown Sugar
  • Spicy and master BBQ blend
  • Original #7
  • Honey smokehouse

Stubb’s Legendary BBQ Sauce

I got to know about Stubb’s BBQ sauce months ago while researching gluten-free BBQ sauces. According to their website’s product descriptions, it was so obvious they were doing a good job. Glad to announce that I wasn’t disappointed after getting the sauces.

From marinating to basting and dipping, Stubb’s BBQ sauce is guaranteed to fire up your BBQ recipes.

Organicville BBQ Sauce

Sometimes getting a BBQ sauce that isn’t too sweet can be a big deal, and when you eventually find the ones that aren’t too sweet, you still have to grumble about their spiciness. However, with Organicville barbecue sauce, all your stress comes to an end. This sauce isn’t too sweet nor is it too spicy. It is simply perfect and natural. 

It is made with agave nectar and contains no preservatives. This one should be on your next shopping list.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey barbecue sauce:

Sweeten up your ribs, chickens, and steaks with this sauce. You can use it when you cook on the grill or even on your stovetop. I have used it several times and I loved the result. The fact that it comes in a squeezable bottle also makes dispensing very easy.

However, if you have an issue with your sauce being sweet, then this may not be the best option for you. 

More so, this gluten-free barbecue sauce is made with high fructose syrup, which poses health concerns. Since I am all for healthy recipes and products, I have reservations about this one but if you insist on using them, use them minimally. That’s my two cents!

Lillie’s Q Hot Smoky BBQ

Lillie’s Hot Smoky BBQ is Hubby’s favorite. He describes it as sweet at first and having a nice kick at the end. Prefer spicy barbecue sauces? Then you should go the Lillie way.

I also love the fact that the spice doesn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients, so, you get to have a taste of all the flavors put together to make this delectable sauce.

From the distilled vinegar to apple cider vinegar and the natural smoke flavor, this sauce is guaranteed to keep you coming back for more. It does the job well! 

Sky Valley Organic Korean BBQ

Whether you are throwing a housewarming party or having a little family reunion, Sky valley organic Korean BBQ sauce is your go-to star ingredient if you want to give your guest a classy and extraordinary treat. 

The taste of this barbecue sauce is moderately sweet, spicy, and tangy. So if you want a bit of all these in your BBQ recipes,  sky valley BBQ will get the job done.

This sauce is flavored with vinegar, molasses, ginger, cayenne, garlic, and jalapeño.

Lillie G’ Gold BBQ Sauce

Wondering what brought about the gold? That’s because the BBQ sauce is made from a mustard base. If you want a BBQ sauce that isn’t regular, and will give you a light, unique flavor, this might seem like a good option for you.

This gluten-free sauce is guaranteed to be loved by the whole family. Even your picky kids won’t say no to this one. 

You may have to say NO to these BBQ sauces

Whether you need to dip some steaks into your barbecue sauces on a lazy Saturday morning or you are inviting some friends over on a busy Friday night, and you have promised them a BBQ recipe that will send their taste buds on an ecstatic journey, whatever occasion calls for a BBQ sauce, you have to be sure you are making use of a gluten-free one. 

This is important if you, your family, and your friends need to stay away from it.

Here is a checklist of some BBQ sauces you may have to say no to.

Hunt’s BBQ Barbecue Sauce

Hunt’s is a Conagra food company. They manufacture BBQ sauces. Their BBQ sauces contain no gluten. However, they haven’t been certified as gluten-free. So, if you are sensitive to gluten, watch out for this BBQ sauce. 

Stone Brewing Co.BBQ sauce (Not Gluten-free)

Stone’s barbecue sauce contains barley-based beer. Thus, it is not gluten-free. Stay away from this one.

Trader Joe’s Organic Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

This BBQ sauce isn’t listed as gluten-free on Trader Joe’s BBQ sauce. Although it contains no gluten-free ingredients since it isn’t listed on their gluten-free product, you are better off staying off this one too.

Have you made a choice yet? Guess it’s time to go grill up your favorite veggies and meat and dip them in any of these seductive gluten-free sauces. Enjoy! See ya around😁

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