17+ Best Sauces for BBQ Beef Brisket + Recipes!

Wondering what the best sauces for brisket are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. From this classic barbecue sauce recipe to Alabama white BBQ sauce, and more.

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Your Favorite Brisket Recipe + an Amazing Sauce = PERFECTION!

When serving brisket for dinner, there are 4 essentials:

  1. Napkins. Lots of napkins. Especially if a saucy brisket is involved.
  2. Some really stellar side dishes for brisket.
  3. Wine. Here are 7 bottles that pair perfectly with barbecue.
  4. And, of course, a delicious sauce recipe!
Overhead shot of sous vide cooked brisket on serving tray next to pickles, bbq sauce and buns.

These are some of my favorite sauces to serve with sous vide brisket, a brisket sandwich, and smoked brisket. And the good news is they’re easy to make too!

So, skip the store-bought bbq sauces, and try out something new with great flavor.

Pair your sauced up brisket with a with a couple beef brisket side dishes, find a bottle of wine that’s perfect with BBQand you’re guaranteed an amazing meal!

Let’s dig in!

The BEST Sauces for Brisket

Hand holding jar of homemade bbq sauce
This Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe is so easy!  Made in just 15-minutes with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. This southern sauce is delicious on brisketpork chopschicken, AND ribs.
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Add a spicy sauce to your brisket and you have a match made in BBQ heaven.
Get the RECIPE from Tara Teaspoon
White bbq sauce in small jar with spoon.
This Alabama White BBQ Sauce is a rich and tangy twist on traditional barbecue sauce. Made with mayo, horseradish, and seasonings, the bold flavors pair perfectly with grilled meats and so much more!
Alabama White BBQ Sauce
Try this melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooker Beef Brisket with a Molasses Blackberry BBQ Sauce
Get the RECIPE from Carlsbad Cravings
10-Minute Sweet & Tangy Maple BBQ Sauce | This flavorful vegan, gluten-free sauce comes together with just 10 ingredients + a super speedy simmer!
Get the RECIPE from Blissful Basil
Ultra tender, juicy Slow Cooker Beef Brisket smothered in a homemade BBQ Sauce. Slow cooker, pressure cooker or stove – then caramelise on the BBQ or oven!
Get the RECIPE from Recipe Tin Eats
Sweet and spicy BBQ Sauce for brisket.
Spicy BBQ Sauce. This bbq sauce recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy with jalapeno peppers, bourbon and honey. It’s tangy and flavorful and great on anything. Fire up the grill!
Get the RECIPE from Chili Pepper Madness
Korean-inspired brisket sandwiches with sesame coleslaw combine slow-cooked beef and cover it with a sweet, spicy sauce and cabbage slaw.
Get the RECIPE from Leites Culinaria
Ladle pouring beef gravy onto bowl of mashed potatoes.
Learn how to make beef gravy with beef drippings or beef broth! With only 10 minutes of hands-on work, it’s surprisingly simple and yields rich and beefy brown gravy every time. Perfect for french fries, meat, potatoes, and more!
Beef Gravy
Beef Brisket with Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Beef Brisket with Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce! Feeding a crowd? Look no further for the perfect recipe to serve up from your grill!
Get the RECIPE from Mom on Timeout
That perfect blend of tang and spice: North Carolina Gold Barbeque Sauce (aka Mustard BBQ Sauce). SO good on brisket, brisket sandwiches and pulled pork!
Get the RECIPE from Basil and Bubbly
Easy Kansas City BBQ Sauce
Easy Kansas City BBQ Sauce. Sweet and slightly spicy homemade BBQ sauce has a classic flavor with a touch of heat.
Get the RECIPE from Vindulge
Fresh Cranberry Braised Brisket – It’s sweet and savory, tart, tender, juicy, rich, balanced and full of fresh cranberry Holiday flavor.
Get the RECIPE from Waves in the Kitchen
Small bowl of aji amarillo sauce topped with habanero pepper and surrounded by french fries.
This Aji Amarillo Sauce is a spicy and versatile Peruvian condiment. Spicy yellow pepper paste is blended with creamy and tangy ingredients, leaving you with an outstanding dipping sauce, spread, or dressing.
Aji Amarillo Sauce
Jar of chipotle crema with spoon on small plate next to lime wedges and small bowl of chipotles.
Add some smoke and spice to your favorite brisket recipe with this Chipotle Crema. A Mexican-inspired sauce, this creamy mix is made with chipotles in adobo to give a spicy boost.
Chipotle Crema
Learn to make Gremolata, a zesty Italian condiment that always adds fresh, vibrant flavor to a hearty brisket. All you need is fresh parsley, lemon zest, and garlic. Bonus: customize it with more add-ins or use olive oil to transform it into a marinade!
The best homemade horseradish sauce for brisket and more! It’s wonderfully creamy, fresh, and spiced.
Get the RECIPE from Downshiftology

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these brisket sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

How to Sauce Brisket

Beef brisket is usually served dry with the sauce on the side. However, you can drizzle sauce on a brisket sandwich. Either way, serving sauce with brisket is a great way to add flavor and moisture to the tender meat.

More Sauce Recipes

What Side Goes Good with Brisket?

What Seasoning Goes Good on Brisket?

  • Dry Rub
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt + Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder + Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Dark Brown Sugar

Did you Make Any of These Sauces for Brisket?

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PS – Don’t forget about these side dishes for brisket!

17+ BEST Sauces for Brisket

One of the BEST Sauces for Brisket is this Homemade BBQ Sauce. Made in just 15-minutes with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water (or brisket drippings from sous vide)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Stir together all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.


  • Honey Barbecue Sauce: Add 2 Tablespoons honey.
  • Maple Barbecue Sauce: Add 2 Tablespoons maple syrup.
  • Smoky Barbecue Sauce: Add 2 teaspoons liquid smoke.
  • Spicy Barbecue Sauce: Add cayenne pepper, to taste.
  • Bourbon Barbecue Sauce: Add 1/4 cup bourbon before simmering.
  • Red Wine Barbecue Sauce:  Add 1/4 cup red wine before simmering (I love Pinot Noir or Zinfandel for this).
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Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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