Barbecue is a serious job and is made tougher by the huge number of meats and cooking styles. Whether you are cooking your meats in a smoker or on a grill, the timing of when to apply the BBQ sauce is crucial. Obviously, a big part of good BBQ is choosing the right kind of sauce. The most common types of meat to use BBQ sauce with, are chicken, ribs, and beef. So this post is going to cover the best way to apply sauce to these types of meat.


The biggest key to applying sauce to chicken is to baste the chicken enough to cover the entire bird, but not drench it. Use a sauce that is thick, if you use one that is to thin, it will just fall off the meat. Coat one side of the chicken and let it cook for 4-5 minutes and then flip it over and do the same thing to the other side.


With beef, you want to apply the BBQ sauce earlier into the process. We would recommend making thin cuts into the top of the meat and applying a thick coat of sauce. You want it to seep into the cuts you made since this will help the sauce to really adhere to the meat and give your beef an amazing flavor. For slow cooking meat, you should apply sauce at the beginning and then every hour while it is cooking. When you are done, apply the final layer of sauce and wrap it in foil, this will help the cooking to continue and the last layer of BBQ sauce will stick to the meat.


With pork, BBQ sauce should be added at the end of cooking. Depending on the temperature you are grilling at, some sauces will get gummy or burn. Because of this, we suggest you apply the BBQ sauce 15-30 minutes before the pork is done cooking. One pro tip is to warm up the sauce in a pan or microwave, which will help with the application of the sauce and will affect how well it covers the meat. Don’t apply too much sauce at one time! Add it in thin layers, this will give the meat the best flavor.

These are by no means all the tips and tricks when it comes to BBQ sauce, but it is a great start. The common thread in many of our blogs is to experiment with your different BBQ sauces to find out what works best for you. We have all the sauces you need for chicken, beef, pork, or any other meat!