What you should look for first are barbecue sauces and rubs that fit your taste style. I know that sounds pretty selfish and self-centered. But bear with me on this.
You are the one cooking the barbecue, so you need to be the one that likes your barbeque first. That passion has to be there for cooking and eating barbecue or you�re not going to be barbecuing very often if it's not. And it�s certainly not going to be the whole BBQ experience that it can and should be.
Say, for instance, you like your barbeque on the hot and spicy side. When you find a couple of rubs or sauces that pretty spicy and with the perfect flavor for you, then buy them and use them.
When you've reached a point where you know what bbq sauces and bbq rubs fit your taste and barbecue cooking style, you then can start to accomodate your family and friends and their tastes. If the majority of the people at your barbeque don't really like their food as spicy as you (using that same example), then tone it down. If you're a Texan and cooking pork shoulder for a dozen Carolinians, maybe you have either a mustard or vinegar sauce you can go to (and that you like also).
The whole point is to find your basic favorite bbq sauces and seasonings and expand from there. Because when you get that reputation for cooking great barbeque, you'll happily be doing it alot and doing it often.
I've put together several great sources for bbq sauces, rubs, and marinades that will fit your taste style and those you love to cook for. Within this group are several of my favorites as well as from favorite regional styles from across the country. Have some fun, do a little experimenting and come up with your "go-to" lineup of barbecue tastes and flavors for all occasions.
This table breaks down bbq sauces into their different "classes". It should help you create various sauces using at least one ingredient from each column as a base. There are hundreds of different combinations that can help you can create unique bbq sauces. All will depend on your taste preferences for the various ingredients.
If that's more than you want to take on, try this recipe for a Texas Barbeque Sauce that's already layed out for you. It's delicious and easy to make:
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