Chicken wings with bbq sauce

7 Common and Not So Common Ways to Use Barbeque Sauce

BBQ sauce is a staple in many households, and for good reason. If you’re like most folks your mind goes straight to brushing barbeque sauce on chicken and ribs. However, this versatile sauce can be used in so many more ways to add flavor and depth to your dishes. With just the right combination of Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, apple juice, vinegar, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, sugar, and molasses, you can’t go wrong. Here are just a few ways to use BBQ sauce.


Use BBQ sauce as a marinade for meats, poultry, or seafood before grilling. This will infuse the food with flavor and help keep it moist while cooking.


Brush BBQ sauce onto food while grilling to add extra flavor and help create a caramelized crust.


Serve BBQ sauce as a dip for chicken wings, nuggets, or other finger foods. It’s also a popular dip for fries and onion rings.

Sauce for Sandwiches 

Spread BBQ sauce on sandwiches for a tangy and slightly sweet addition. This is especially popular for pulled pork or chicken sandwiches.

Glaze for Meatloaf

Mix BBQ sauce with ketchup or mustard to create a delicious glaze for meatloaf. This will add flavor and create a crispy crust on the meatloaf.


BBQ sauce can be used as a cooking ingredient, especially in slow-cooked dishes like stews, soups, and chili. It adds flavor and depth to the dish while helping to tenderize the meats.

Salad Dressing

Mix BBQ sauce with oil and vinegar to create a tangy and flavorful salad dressing.

Stretching Your BBQ Sauce

If you don’t have enough BBQ sauce for grilling and no time to run out and buy more? By using these techniques, you can make your barbecue sauce stretch further without sacrificing flavor.

  • Dilute the sauce: Add water, broth, or another liquid to the sauce to make it go further.
  • Mix in other ingredients: Mix in ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, or other pantry staples to stretch the sauce and add flavor.
  • Use as a marinade: Use the sauce as a marinade for meats before grilling to help flavor penetrate the meat and make the sauce last longer.
  • Serve on the side: Serve the sauce on the side, so people can add it to their own portions, conserving the amount used.
  • Mix with other condiments: Mix the barbecue sauce with mayonnaise, mustard, or another condiment to create a new, blended sauce.

Individual bottle of Craig's BBQ Sauce on a white backgroundThere are many different types of BBQ sauce available, each with its own unique flavor profile. From sweet and tangy to spicy and smoky, there is a BBQ sauce for every taste preference. Experiment with different types of BBQ sauce to find your favorite, and enjoy the many ways to use this versatile sauce. Our fave? The award-winning Craig’s BBQ Sauce, sold and used around the world. It’s available at in a 21-ounce Plastic Bottle (with a controllable pour-top), 1/2-gallon and 1-gallon jugs (so you never run out!).

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