Herbal BBQ Sauces

Creating Herbal BBQ Sauces

Introduction to Herbal BBQ Sauces

Welcome to the “BBQ Sauces” section of our “Herbs in BBQ” series. This post is dedicated to helping you create delicious and aromatic herbal BBQ sauces that will add a burst of flavor to your grilled dishes.

BBQ sauces are a key component in grilling, providing a finishing touch that enhances the taste and aroma of your food.

With the addition of fresh herbs, these sauces can bring new dimensions to traditional BBQ flavors.

Whether you’re looking to add a tangy twist or a sweet note, the recipes and tips provided here will guide you through the process.

Why Use Herbs in BBQ Sauces?

Herbs add freshness and complexity to BBQ sauces, elevating the overall flavor profile. They can balance out the sweetness and acidity of the sauces while providing unique aromatic qualities.

Additionally, herbs offer various health benefits, making your BBQ sauces not only tastier but also healthier.


Tangy Mint BBQ Sauce for Lamb


  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  4. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  5. Use the sauce to baste lamb chops or as a dipping sauce.

Why It Works: The fresh mint provides a cooling, aromatic contrast to the tangy and slightly sweet elements of the sauce, making it perfect for lamb.

Sweet Basil BBQ Sauce for Chicken


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar.
  4. Add the chopped basil, oregano, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  7. Use the sauce to baste chicken or as a dipping sauce.

Why It Works: The fresh basil adds a sweet, aromatic flavor that complements the acidity of the tomato sauce and the richness of the balsamic vinegar, making it ideal for chicken.

Tips for Using Herbal BBQ Sauces

  1. Consistency: Adjust the consistency of your BBQ sauce by simmering it longer for a thicker sauce or adding a bit of water for a thinner sauce.
  2. Flavor Balance: Balance the flavors by tasting the sauce as you cook and adjusting the sweetness, acidity, and seasoning to your preference.
  3. Application: Apply the BBQ sauce during the last few minutes of grilling to prevent burning. Alternatively, use it as a marinade or a dipping sauce.