Barbeque Sauce Styles and Featured Recipe: Tin Hut BBQ’s Raspberry-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Barbeque sauces vary from region to region, from pitmaster to pitmaster, from user to user, each with a different opinion on which is best and whether the sauce should complement the meat or complete it. But whether BBQ competitor or restaurateur, each master has a finishing sauce of his or her own.

We at Tin Hut BBQ believe that , as with our Steaks, the sauce should be a compliment to the meat and the meat should be properly seasoned with the basic rubs during the smoking process.  Of course, when creating the BBQ sauce we ensure that the appropriate seasonings are added so that it complements the meat, enhancing – never hiding – the taste.

As we know, each of the various BBQ regions lays claim to its own style of BBQ sauce. Kansas City style sauces are tomato based, sweet and spicy, some with a bite.  In general, KC sauces are thicker than most other regional styles.

Texas Sauces are also tomato-based, but with a thinner and less sweet composition, generally with more molasses and Worcestershire sauce to give it the distinction.  Western Carolina Style sauces are similar to KC Style and Texas Styles in that they are tomato based. comprised primarily of ketchup with lots of vinegar and sugar, Carolina Style more resembles a sweet-and-sour sauce than it’s western counterparts. Eastern Style sauces are vinegar based, with sugar, crushed red peppers, salt and pepper for flavor, while South Carolina and Georgia sauces are where the mustard based sauces originate from.

This week Tin Hut BBQ is sharing its popular recipe for:

Raspberry-Chipotle BBQ Sauce


10 ozs Fresh or frozen Raspberries (fresh is best)

3 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice

1 teaspoon of salt

1 ½ cups of sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup white vinegar

2 tablespoons of chili powder

2 teaspoons of chipotle paste or powder

2 teaspoons of black pepper

1 teaspoon of ground allspice

½ teaspoon of ground ginger

¼ teaspoon of ground cloves



  1. Place raspberries, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor, mix until smooth
  2. Strain if necessary to remove seeds. (will not be harmful with them)
  3. Pour mixture into a medium size saucepan and stir in sugar.
  4. Cook at medium heat until sugar is dissolved
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally
  6. Add remaining ingredients to raspberry mixture.
  7. Mix and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Mix should yield two 18 oz bottles or about 40 ozs.

The Raspberry Chipotle Sauce is sweet and spicy and awesome on Brisket and compliments the pulled pork enhancing it’s natural flavor.


The following Regional BBQ Sauce Styles Infographic from Man Crates illustrates the basic formulas that each of these barbeque styles are known for:


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