50 sauces, marinades, and rubs to take your barbecue to the next level

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July 1, 2022
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50 sauces, marinades, and rubs to take your barbecue to the next level

You can have the best fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains in the world, but they won't taste as good as they can all by themselves. For food to really shine, it usually is best served with some kind of sauce, marinade, or rub. Nowhere is this more true than with barbecue. Simply rubbing your ribs with a tangy marinade, for instance, can take the dish from hearty and satisfying to zesty and out of this world.

Different kinds of marinades, sauces, and rubs work best for different meats. What tastes best on beef might not have the same result on a chicken dish, and vice versa. And although marinades are more traditionally thought of as being used for grilling red meat, don't overlook the potential of using marinades to give your fish and seafood a kick of flavor. A simple sauce of soy, garlic, lemons, and a dash of sugar can take shrimp kebabs to the next level.

To help amp up your barbecue game this summer, Stacker compiled a list of sauces, marinades, and rub barbecue recipes from Allrecipes. Click through for a look at the best of the best, which can be used on a wide variety of dishes all summer long and beyond.

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Kathy's Award Winning Barbeque Sauce

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 20 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 2 1/2 cups
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Rosemary Garlic Rub

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 1/2 cup
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Jerk Seasoning

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 1
- Yield: 1 /4 cup
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Carolina-Style Barbeque Sauce

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Italian Chicken Marinade

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Additional: 4 hrs
- Total: 4 hrs 30 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 24
- Yield: 3 cups
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Teriyaki Marinade

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 24
- Yield: 3 cups
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Caribbean BBQ Sauce II

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 25 mins
- Servings: 24
- Yield: 3 cups
- Number of ingredients: 13
- Read more about the recipe here

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Fajita Marinade

- Prep: 15 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 2 cups
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Korean BBQ Sauce

- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 4
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Pork Chop Marinade

- Prep: 10 mins
- Additional: 6 hrs
- Total: 6 hrs 10 mins
- Servings: 2
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Steak Marinade in Existence

- Prep: 15 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 1/3 cups
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 35 mins
- Servings: 48
- Yield: 6 cups of sauce
- Number of ingredients: 16
- Read more about the recipe here

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A Very Popular BBQ Sauce

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 32
- Yield: 4 cups
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Grilled Chicken Marinade

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 4 hrs
- Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
- Servings: 5
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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The Best Steak Marinade

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 1 cup marinade
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lisa's Favorite Carne Asada Marinade

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 1 day 10 mins
- Total: 1 day 40 mins
- Servings: 12
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Additional: 2 hrs
- Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
- Servings: 12
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Beef Bulgogi

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 15 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Steak Dry Rub

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 1 cup
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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BBQ Spice Rub

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 20
- Yield: 1 1/4 cups
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Dry Rub for Ribs

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1/2 cup
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy Marinated Pork Tenderloin

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 50 mins
- Servings: 3
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Fajita Marinade

- Prep: 15 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 2 cups
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Korean BBQ Sauce

- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 4
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Oven BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 5 mins
- Servings: 3
- Yield: 6 drumsticks
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Perfect Flat Iron Steak

- Prep: 7 mins
- Cook: 8 mins
- Additional: 2 hrs
- Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
- Servings: 6
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Doc's Best Beef Jerky

- Prep: 20 mins
- Additional: 8 hrs
- Cook: 4 hrs
- Total: 12 hrs 20 mins
- Servings: 10
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy Chicken Fajita Marinade

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Additional: 4 hrs
- Total: 4 hrs 35 mins
- Servings: 10
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Chicken Marinade

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 25 mins
- Servings: 4
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Pork Chop Marinade

- Prep: 10 mins
- Additional: 6 hrs
- Total: 6 hrs 10 mins
- Servings: 2
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Alabama-Style White Barbecue Sauce

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 3 cups
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 4 cups
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Steak Tip Marinade

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Additional: 2 hrs
- Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
- Servings: 4
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Kabob Marinade

- Prep: 15 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 3 cups
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Sriracha-Soy Chicken Thigh Marinade

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Grilled Sirloin Tri-Tip

- Prep: 10 mins
- Marinate: 8 hrs
- Cook: 15 mins
- Stand: 10 mins
- Total: 8 hrs 35 mins
- Servings: 4
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Bar-B-Que Sauce

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 10 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 cup
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Ever Beef Marinade

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 8
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Smoked Chicken Breasts

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 4 hrs
- Additional: 4 hrs
- Total: 8 hrs 5 mins
- Servings: 3
- Yield: 3 servings
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Marinade for Chicken

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 32
- Yield: 4 cups
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 35 mins
- Servings: 48
- Yield: 6 cups of sauce
- Number of ingredients: 16
- Read more about the recipe here

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Ed's Favorite Beer Can Chicken Rub

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 48
- Yield: 1 cup
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Sarah's Boozy BBQ Sauce

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 30
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Smoked Brisket Rub

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 1 cup
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Jerk Marinade Seasoning Rub

- Prep: 15 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 2
- Yield: 4 ounces jerk seasoning
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Everything Pork Dry Rub

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 1 cup
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Brown Sugar BBQ Rub

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 2 /3 cup
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Ever Carne Asada Marinade

- Prep: 15 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 20
- Yield: 20 servings
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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