10+ BEST Sauces for Pulled Pork

Wondering what the best sauces for pulled pork are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. From homemade barbecue sauce to white bbq sauce, and more.

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Pulled pork on parchment paper.

How to Serve Pulled Pork

There are so many ways to serve pulled pork:

  • Sandwiched between a bun to make Pulled Pork Sandwiches or Pork Sliders.
  • Piled into Pork Tacos with pickled onions.
  • On top of baked tortilla chips to make Pork Nachos.

Pulled Pork + an Amazing Sauce = PERFECTION!

When serving pulled pork, there are 4 essentials:

  1. Napkins. Lots of napkins. Especially if pulled pork sandwiches are involved.
  2. Some really stellar side dishes for pulled pork.
  3. Wine. Here are 7 bottles that pair perfectly with barbecue.
  4. And, of course, a delicious sauce recipe!

So, let’s dig in!

The BEST Sauces for Pulled Pork

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This Homemade BBQ 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 brisket, pork chops, chicken, and ribs.
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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!
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Ladle of pork gravy drizzling into saucepan.
The secret to irresistible pork dinners? It’s this simple Roast Pork Gravy! Made with or without pork drippings and everyday seasonings, it’s a luxurious sauce that’ll add a gourmet touch to your weeknight meals.
Roast Pork Gravy
That perfect blend of tang and spice: Carolina Gold Barbeque Sauce ( aka Mustard BBQ Sauce ). SO good on pulled pork, grilled chicken, and more.
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Tangy Barbecue Sauce – This is the best tangy sauce for a pulled pork sandwich.
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This Memphis BBQ Sauce is thinner and tangier than most barbecue sauces.
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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!
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Pinot Noir BBQ Sauce. Perfect to use with any pork or chicken dish.
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Jar of chipotle crema with spoon on small plate next to lime wedges and small bowl of chipotles.
Top your Pulled Pork Nachos with this Chipotle Crema. A Mexican-inspired sauce, this creamy mix is made with chipotles in adobo to give a spicy-creamy boost.
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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.
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10-Minute Sweet & Tangy Maple BBQ Sauce | This flavorful vegan, gluten-free sauce comes together with just 10 ingredients + a super speedy simmer!
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Crema arranged on plate with limes and cilantro.
This quick and tangy Cilantro Lime Crema delicious on pulled pork tacos. Better than sour cream, this Mexican condiment is flavored with fresh cilantro and lime juice to create a creamy and vibrant sauce.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these sauces can be made ahead of time and stored in 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. 

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10+ BEST Sauces for Pulled Pork

One of the BEST Sauces for Pulled Pork 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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