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You know why restaurant barbecue sauce is so delicious? It’s because they make it from scratch (and you can do it, too). Whipping up your own special sauce to slather on wings and pork is much easier than you think. Plus, it’s a blast to play around with spice levels and secret ingredients. Here are nine homemade barbecue sauce recipes to get you started.

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

The secret ingredient in Coterie member Maria Lichty’s homemade sauce? Pineapple juice. We’re so ready for grilling, marinating and dipping.

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Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce

This Paleo-friendly sauce skips the added sugar in favor of a serious kick. (Thanks, cayenne, hot sauce and paprika.)

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Maple-Bourbon Apricot Barbecue Sauce

We’re firm believers that maple and bourbon can elevate even the simplest of dressings. Case in point? Coterie member Liz Harris’s seriously delicious sauce.

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Buffalo Sauce

This three-ingredient buffalo sauce means you’ll never be buying a jar from the store ever again. (And did we mention it’s ready in five minutes?)

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Get some inspo from Kansas City barbecue—this homemade sauce is tangy, smoky and can easily be made gluten-free.

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All-Purpose Whole30 BBQ Sauce

A barbecue sauce you can drizzle on everything without blowing your Whole30 diet? Why, yes, it does exist.

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Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

OK, so this sauce is only semi-homemade, but what better way to spice up a regular bottle of barbecue sauce than to douse it with root beer?

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Low Carb Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce

Slather this low-carb, sugar-free barbecue sauce on your chicken, then have an extra scoop of potato salad.

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Easy Honey BBQ Sauce Recipe

The secret to this spicy sauce? Gochugaru, a Korean-style red pepper, instead of cayenne.

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