These three easy sauce recipes go with everything, and are perfect for your Labor Day party—and other late-summer grilling sessions.
Secret’s in the sauce, and we’re not talking about the felony-warranting “Fried Green Tomatoes” kind. Grills have been fired up for a couple months now and summer is winding down, but definitely not over. Therefore, if you haven’t already, it’s time to perfect your sauce making and basting skills so that you can impress all of your BBQ and picnic guests (Labor Day is your time to shine).
Anyone who’s anyone knows that there are three versatile sauces that work with nearly every protein: barbecue, chimichurri, and romesco. You’re probably more familiar with the first one (#iwantmybabybackbabybackribs), though chimichurri and romesco offer herbaceous and peppery (respectively) departures from what your taste buds interpret as “tried and true.” And trying something new is always a good thing.
We’ve broken down the tasty trio below, including recipes and dishes where these sauces shine. Check them out!
What is barbecue sauce?
The ingredients differ by region and part of the globe, but (excepting white BBQ sauce) most include some variation of tomato paste, vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, spices, and a sweet component like sugar or molasses. The sauce is extremely versatile, as it can be used as a dip, marinade, baste, or condiment. Get our Basic Barbecue Sauce recipe.
Dish Suggestion: Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs
Honestly, why should you ever mess up a good thing when you have it? These fall-off-the-bone ribs will put those annoyingly catchy Chili’s commercials to shame. But this BBQ sauce will also shine on chicken, pork shoulder, and even burgers. Get our Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs recipe.
What is chimichurri sauce?
Used primarily in South American (Argentinian, predominantly) and Mexican dishes, this parsley-heavy sauce is blended with garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and red pepper flakes for a perfect component to grilled red meat, chicken, shrimp, or fish. It just so happens to be naturally keto-friendly too. Get our Argentine Chimichurri recipe. And if you’re down with all the fresh herbs but want something a little creamier and spicier too, try Peruvian aji verde sauce; it works with all the same things as chimichurri.
Related Reading: How to Have a Keto BBQ
Dish Suggestion: Argentine Grilled Tri-Tip
Chimichurri shines as a cool topping on a hot piece of steak. An Argentinian tri-tip is a perfect option because it’s not only geographically thematic, but also capable of handling an excess amount of sauce. Get our Argentine Grilled Tri-Tip recipe.
What is romesco sauce?
Originating in northeastern Spain, this nut and red pepper-based sauce pairs perfectly with seafood but also works with pork and chicken. Common ingredients also include garlic, sunflower oil, vinegar, and other nuts and peppers, though you can essentially tailor it to meet your needs. Get our Romesco Sauce recipe.
Dish Suggestion: Roasted Shrimp with Romesco Sauce
Shrimp love a tomato bath, especially if it’s chock-full of spices, garlic, pine nuts, and other Spanish-derived flavors. Give them a dunk in this zesty romesco, which can also be used as a dip for fresh bread. Get our Roasted Shrimp with Romesco Sauce recipe.