Classic Salt Lick BBQ Sauce Recipe

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in food

Who else is the big fan of the classic Salt Lick BBQ sauce? My hand is already raised high in the year, for all the right reasons. Among all the BBQ sauces I have ever used, salt lick came close to the flavors I wanted to experience.

The sauce has a rich and creamy texture with a sweet and sour taste. it adds to the glaze of the meat. Right when the salt lick BBQ sauce came out in store, everyone wanted to get hands on it. However, barbeque sauce made at home is what we all need, especially the health freaks like me. So, I ventured to find the recipe by myself, and luckily, I found a perfect one, which is free from all the preservatives used in the manufactured salt lick sauce.

Back in 1967 salt lick started its legacy of offering the finest delicacy of Texas, the salt lick BBQ. The barbeque chain set up a new trend of making BBQ sauces in Texas and became popular everywhere. Saltlick barbeque sauce of this food chain became more popular than rest of the salt lick recipes.

The chain offers a number of meals made out of this special sauce ranging from briskets to ribs and pulled meat. The ready to go barbeque sauces available at the chain are available in both the regular and spicy versions.

In the efforts of recreating the authentic salt lick BBQ sauce at home, I tried the mix of flavors neither tangy or too light. All the spices and sauces are used in a balanced proportion. Allspice has a sharp sting in taste, so you can be reduced the amount as per your taste preference. For better storage use the canning recipe.

Salt Lick Barbecue Sauce Recipe

We have discussed some of the great ways to enjoy salt lick BBQ sauce, and there are still many on the menu. I can’t possibly share all of them here. What I can give you right now, is the epic salt lick barbecue sauce recipe, you were waiting for all along.

It is of no wonder that salt lick distinct taste makes you want it more for a custom BBQ meal. Any variety of meal goes with the taste and form of the sauce, and it is readily absorbed into the meat and makes a nice coating on top while the meat is cooked. I personally used this sauce to season the chicken wings for a weekend night special.

To have the rich and classic BBQ taste, you would need following salt lick BBQ sauce ingredients:

  • 1 cup finished sweet and sour dressing
  • 1/3 cup prepared mustard
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (carrot based preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1-2 tablespoon honey
  • 1-2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoon white sugar

Mix Worcestershire sauce with mustard, all the spices and sweet and sour dressing in a large cooking pot. Let this mixture cook until it boils. When the mixture boils reduce the heat to medium heat and cook for 30 minutes.

After the cooking, take it off from the heat then stir in brown sugar, honey, hot sauce, and white sugar. Mix well until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow the sauce to cool down to room temperature.

The sweet and sour dressing is not readily available in the market. It is rare to find in the grocery store. So, I came up with this sweet and sour dressing recipe. The salt lick BBQ sauce is almost incomplete without a good sweet and sour dressing.

It is, therefore, better to keep it ready at home.

Don’t worry; it only takes 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 clove fresh garlic, crushed, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1 tablespoon water, and 1/4 cup oil to prepare one cup of the sweet and sour dressing. First, all the ingredients are mixed in cooking over medium heat except the water, oil, and cornstarch.

This mixture is cooked for 10 minutes. During the simmering, mix the water and cornstarch. Add this slurry to the sauce and mix well while cooking. Put off the heat and let the mixture cool down. Once it is cooled the blend the dressing and add a drizzle of oil.

The tricky part in making the salt lick BBQ sauce is that the recipe for canning of the sauce is entirely different in proportions and consistency. Since every sauce is subjected to storing, it is important to learn the method and ingredients for the canning of the homemade salt lick BBQ sauce.

For canning you will require about 12 cups of sweet and sour dressing with 4 cups mustard, 4 cups Worcestershire sauce, 12 tablespoon hot sauce, 4 tablespoon salt, 2 tablespoon black pepper, 2 tablespoons paprika, 2 tablespoon cumin, 2 tablespoon onion powder, 2 tablespoon garlic powder, 2 tablespoon Chinese five spice, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, and 1 cup honey.

All of these ingredients have to be cooked for 30 minutes at medium temperature until it is reduced. There is no cornstarch to add, so it is just mixed and cook. Then cool it down and store the sauce in a sealable jar. Keep the container airtight to store the sauce for a longer duration of time. Use a dark and cool place for storage.

There you go!

A freshly cooked salt lick sauce is ready to infuse more flavors to all your barbecue recipes. When it comes to sauces, I rarely recommend market bought sauce, as they are full of preservatives and you never know what’s inside. Always go for homemade sauce whenever you can. They are healthy, rich and delicious. Moreover they get all your preferred flavors.

Six Treats to enjoy with Saltlick BBQ sauce

Let me just open my salt lick cookbook and recall all the spicy dishes I made using this super delicious sauce. As far as I remember, there was a time when every other BBQ dish of mine used some part of salt lick sauce, that’s how crazy I was for its fine taste. But then I restricted the use to some of the recipes, where it fit best to the food. Here are a few of the dishes you would enjoy grilling with the salt lick sauce.

1. Pork chopsEven when you are not using other spices and seasonings, using this sauce to flavor, the chops is enough to spark your taste buds. What I usually do is, I make a marinade using this sauce, salt, and some pepper. Then I rub the chops thoroughly with this mixture and let it marinate for 30 minutes in a covered bowl.

After complete marination, I either grill them on the gas grill or charcoal grill, whenever we BBQ outside or I simply bake the chops in the oven. And it tastes so amazing that my mouth started watering while writing about it. then I serve these pork chops with extra salt lick BBQ sauce dipping.

2. Baby Ribs: Well, it doesn’t always have to be baby ribs, pork or beef ribs of any form can go with the sauce. Along with the salt lick sauce, I add lemon juice, salt, pepper, a little bit of red wine and a pinch of brown sugar to prepare the marinade. Then I dip the ribs in this marinade for better absorption. At times, I also add minced garlic to the marinade.

This mixture works like a miracle when it comes to taste. The longer the marination, the greater the flavors, so I recommend at least one hour of marination. Then simply grill the ribs while basting it with the salt lick sauce or the left-over marinade. Basting adds more flavors to the meat.

3. Meat Skewers: Usually, I grill chicken skewers, so I glaze them with the salt lick sauce. However, you can also grill pork, beef or mutton skewers. It’s up to you either you marinate the meat in the sauce before the grilling or pour the sauce on top before serving. I would suggest to first marinate the meat cubes in any of your favorite marinades, grill the skewer and then top it with a layer of salt lick BBQ sauce.

For chicken skewers, I toss the chicken boneless cubes with salt, pepper and some lemon juice then I thread them on the skewers and grill while basting with some oil. After it is cooked well, I brush the salt lick BBQ sauce for a strong and irresistible taste. This sauce always tastes different when used fresh from the bottle. Whereas it tastes differently after some cooking.

4. Meatballs Dip: I am sure how many of you would like the idea of dipping meatballs into a BBQ sauce gravy, but I always like the sound of that. Just like you dip and serve meatballs in tomato or cranberry sauce, you can also use salt lick BBQ sauce to flavor the meatballs. Either you are grilling the minced meat kebobs or searing the meatballs on a stove top.

Occasionally to serve at parties, I stick wooden sticks into the meatballs and dip them half into the salt lick sauce, it does not only taste fine but looks amazing.

5. Steaks: A steak is all about good seasoning and proper marination. no steak tastes good when served without a saucy glaze or tangy dip. The salt lick BBQ sauce is a great option to baste your steak with while grilling.

Mix ¼ cup of this BBQ sauce with some olive or sesame oil, add some honey If you like then brush it on top of the steak and flip the sides to cook. Continue basting after few minutes until the steak is al dente. That’s how I do it, yet there is another way to enjoy this combination.

Prepare a dip by cooking the salt lick BBQ sauce with lemon juice, salt, pepper, honey or other maple syrup, in a small saucepan, add some wine to dilute the mixture and cook until this sauce thickens. When the steak is ready to serve, pour the sauce on top and serve.

6. Vegan Kebobs: These can be actual cauliflower or minced chickpea kebobs or diced vegetables threaded on skewers. Considering all the meat talk we just had, it is not just to prescribe some of the vegan ways to explore the amazing salt lick taste. So, I came up with this vegan option.

Just like you brush the steak with the sauce while it is grilled, you can also baste the vegetables with this sauce to infuse a distinct BBQ taste and very strong aroma. Trust me it will taste so different from the traditional vegan kebobs you enjoy. I use zucchini cubes or squash cubes with olives and grape tomatoes to make a skewer, and the sauce complements these vegetables well. You can also use other vegetables for the kebobs, as per your liking.


I never knew salt lick BBQ sauce would be that simple to prepare at home. Now you don’t need to wait around and look for the great salt lick label to enjoy the authentic BBQ sauce taste. Either it’s the beef steak, pork chops or chicken drumsticks, coat them with this homemade BBQ sauce and grill to experience the strong and deeply infused flavors.

This Saltlick BBQ sauce recipe is a surprising mix of sweet and sour. The consistency of the BBQ sauce is thick enough to give the meat a nice glaze. Remember that the sauce is not for marination, it is more of a basting sauce, which is applied right before cooking or while grilling. That’s the way to make the best of the BBQ with fine taste and aroma.

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Peter Allen

Peter Allen

Peter's path through the culinary world has taken a number of unexpected turns. After starting out as a waiter at the age of 16, he was inspired to go to culinary school and learn the tricks of the trade. As he delved deeper, however, his career took a sudden turn when a family friend needed someone to help manage his business. Peter now scratches his culinary itch on the internet by blogging, sharing recipes, and socializing with food enthusiasts worldwide.

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