All Categories


Become an Appliance Expert. Subscribe to our Knowledge Base!

The Best BBQ Sauces for Portable Charcoal Grills

Backyard Charcoal BBQ

This time of year is all about outdoor cooking. No matter what you love to grill, you need a great sauce to go with it. Barbequing ribs? You need an amazing Texas sauce to complement the tender beef. Want to cook a brisket, or your latest catch? Maybe you plan to slow cook a chicken.

The perfect BBQ sauce for your dish is just a paragraph away. Add great flavoring to your favorite dish and enjoy the best tasting BBQ with your portable charcoal BBQ grill.

I tapped into the Food Networks resources and found the best rated BBQ sauces to complement your grill perfectly. Below are commonly grilled summer items. There's a BBQ sauce listed to complement each main course.

Grillin' Salmon

If you're grilling salmon there's a noteworthy recipe for you. Complement your salmon with Chinese BBQ sauce. Total cook time is 25 min. and the level is easy. All you need is a few simple ingredients and you can enjoy this summer's best tasting fish.

Chinese BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced green onion
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 (8-ounce) salmon steaks, 1-inch thick
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 3 cups baby spinach

Heat a medium size saucepan, over medium heat.

Add canola oil and saute garlic, ginger, and green onion until fragrant and tender. Add the red pepper flakes. Mix the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the saucepan. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

The Best Ribs

If you're a rib lover then you're sure to enjoy the Neely's recipe. Top ratings and great reviews, this BBQ sauce is perfect for virtually any rib dinner. Cook time is 1 hr. and 15 min. and the level is easy.

Little Girl Eating Ribs

Neely's BBQ Sauce

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Grilled Chicken

Almost everybody loves grilled chicken and there's a sauce to complement it perfectly. Below is a homemade BBQ sauce recipe that's guaranteed to make your chicken dish a hit! Cook time is only 25 min. and the level is easy.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 4 tablespoons distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash salt

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, being careful not to burn them. Reduce the heat to low. Add the ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, chipotle peppers, vinegar (or less to taste), Worcestershire sauce and salt and stir. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Taste after simmering and add whatever ingredient it needs (more spice, more sugar, etc.).

Pork Chops

If you have a sweet tooth and would love a great summer BBQ sauce to complement your pork chops this is it. Cook time is 20 min. and the level is intermediate. Perfect for a warm summer night, this BBQ sauce features fresh peaches and a variety of other ingredients to balance the fruitiness exceptionally. Your family will love this one!


Peach BBQ Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, peeled, sliced thin
  • 3 peaches, pitted, cut into medium sized cubes
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into medium sized cubes
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot, but not smoking. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 11 to 13 minutes. Add the peaches, ginger, and tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, orange juice, sugar, allspice, and salt and pepper, to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture is reduced by about 1/2 and thickened slightly, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust for the seasoning, then transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth (be careful with hot liquids). Reserve 1/4 cup sauce for basting the chops, then pour the remaining sauce into a small serving bowl.

Grillin' Fun

Barbequing is fun. Being outdoors with friends and family is always a memorable experience. Socializing and growing relationships always happens around the dinner table. Why not make it even more special with a set of new recipes?

Take your portable charcoal grill with you to the beach, tailgating at the local stadium, or camping. Set it up in your backyard and invite friends and family over for a great tasting dinner. Complement any dish with a new BBQ sauce and see how festive your next outing can be!

Like our article? Subscribe for more!