Imagine that you are hosting a barbecue and you're serving a variety of grilled meat. One type of sauce for all dishes is a big no-no. This is where the beauty of homemade recipes come in - use different sauce recipes for different types of meat for a variety of flavors and textures. Remember, sauces can make or break any grilled dish. So if you're aiming for better flavor and freshness, skip the store-bought kind and make something homemade.

Here are 5 awesome homemade barbecue sauces that anyone who loves to grill must try:

Hot Raspberry BBQ Sauce

What you need:

    4 1/2 cups ketchup
    1 1/4 cups raspberry preserves
    1 cup dill pickle juice
    1 cup honey
    1/3 cup red wine vinegar
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons prepared spicy mustard
    1 tablespoon dried minced onion flakes
    1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
    2 teaspoons garlic powder
    1 dash hot pepper sauce
    Salt and ground black pepper to taste

On a medium saucepan, mix together ketchup, raspberry preserves, pickle juice, honey, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, onion flakes, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low then add hot pepper sauce. Simmer for 1 hour. Allow to cool for a few minutes then serve on top of grilled meat.

All White Delight

What you need:

    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 cup cider vinegar
    1/4 cup water
    2 tablespoons white sugar
    3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix together mayonnaise, cider vinegar, water, white sugar and pepper on a medium bowl. Stir to combine ingredients well. Use as a sauce or a dip for grilled meat or vegetables.

Pepper-Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

What you need:

    1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
    1/2 cup water
    10 tablespoons ketchup
    1 tablespoon white sugar
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 pinch red pepper flakes
    Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Combine cider vinegar, water, ketchup, sugar, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Simmer for 15-20 minutes over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper then remove from heat. Use to baste any type of meat for grilling.

Nuts About BBQ

What you need:

    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    1/2 cup hot water
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup chili paste
    2 tablespoons white vinegar
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
    1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

In a medium pan, carefully combine hot water and peanut butter. Add garlic, soy sauce, chili paste, vinegar, vegetable oil, ginger root and red pepper. Stir to mix ingredients well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low then simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool before serving on top of grilled meat.

Guavalicious Barbecue Sauce

What you need:

    1 guava, peeled, seeded and chopped
    1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
    1/2 cup water
    3/4 cup tomato paste
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
    1 tablespoon habanero hot sauce
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 teaspoon molasses
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix together guava, water, tomato sauce, tomato paste and brown sugar on a large saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until well-blended. Add lemon juice, smoke flavoring, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce then season with garlic and onion powder, molasses, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes until thickened.

Take your grilled dishes a notch higher with these uniquely delicious homemade barbecue sauces!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grilling experience, reviewing various top quality grill accessories and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog. For more grilling secrets, tips, recipes and more, head over to Adrian's page.

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