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What makes a good barbecue sauce?

Asked at Broken Arrow park, 2800 Louisiana St. on May 11, 2013

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“That Kansas City sweet.”

Photo of  Brad Walthall

“I like K.C. style, but with a bit of kick. I really like Oklahoma Joe’s, no question.”

Photo of  Derek Moore

“ I like a dry rub like Memphis style. I like ’em spicy.”

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“You got to learn how to cook it down. Let it simmer for three hours on a nice low. Bourbon also makes the best sauce.”

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weiser 4 years, 11 months ago

Bigg's has great barbeque without the sauce, but their sauces are great too and you can buy bottles of it at Hy Vee.

Enlightenment 4 years, 11 months ago

The sauce depends on the meat. Gates is great when doing ribs, but some of the sauces on the slightly sweeter side are better with chicken.

Anthony Mall 4 years, 11 months ago

Gates or Rosedale in KC are by far the best in the region!!

Liberty275 4 years, 11 months ago


It is tradition that anytime we visit the south, we stop and eat at the first Sonny's we pass. I'm not a big fan of this midwest syrup BBQ 'round here.

budwhysir 4 years, 11 months ago

got to have good meat to have a great sauce... you can take the best of sauces and ruin it during the cooking and application process. The best sauces are made into good marinades, soak the meat then apply raw sauce to the cooked meat. If you try to use sauce for cooking, you will end up with burnt sauce on your cooked meat.

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