Our region is overflowing with hot and barbecue sauces to mop on your 'cue or slather on your crispy chicken. Behold, 31 highlights—one for each day in August.
Double Take Sauce | Signature | Classic hot sauce that lingers in a good way.
Double Take Sauce | Ghost Pepper Pineapple | Grilled pineapple adds a smoky sweetness to your pain
Ken Davis | Original Bar-B-Q-Sauce | The local jazzman's family recipe is still solid after all these years.
Lucky's Sauces | Ripe Jalapeno with Garlic | A winner finishing with flavorful, zingy heat.
Sweet Baby Ray's | Hickory & Brown Sugar | This version has more depth than the original.
Tally's Dockside/CG Hooks | Howlin' The Blues | Buy this spice-packed sauce at the White Bear Lake restaurant.
Big John's Ol' West | BBQ & Dippin Sauce | All-purpose sauce loaded with spices and sweetness.
BillyRay's Old Style | Sweet & Spicy Hot | A well-balanced family recipe with Arkansas roots.
City Slickers BBQ | Swine Slather | Thin and dark with a little apple on the back. Great on pork.
Cookie's Bar "B" "Q" Sauce | Sweet & Smoky | No fuss here. Good for ribs and kids.
Creature Comfort Hot Sauce | Plan 9 | Starts sweet and finishes strong. Aces on fish tacos.
Croix Valley Special Reserve | Sweet n Smokey | Competition-level sauce with good smoke vibes.
Croix Valley Special Reserve | Blue-B-Cue Sauce | Putting blueberries in your 'cue sauce is both Northern and good.
Cry Baby Craig's | Habanero & Garlic Hot Sauce | A favorite of line cooks around the city.
Curt's Special Recipe | Spicy Barbecue Sauce | The salsa makers branched out to small-batch sauce.
Daddy Sam's | Bar-B-Que Sawce | West Texas pedigree, Minnesota family. Zesty and perfect.
Famous Dave's | Sweet & Zesty | We love this amped-up version of the classic.
Hell Raising Hot Sauce | Sweet Suffering | Think pineapple dragged through habaneros.
Hell Raising Hot Sauce | Green Fever | Brings the bite with serrano and lime.
Isabel Street Heat | Chipotle | Standard smoky pepperness, a good entry-level heat.
Isabel Street Heat | Ghost | Hot, but with richly fermented flavor.
Mr. Fuzz's Nuclear Nectar | Nero Red | The label is funny, but the habanero red sauce is no joke.
Prairie Pride Farm | Blackberry Blaze | A roundhouse punch of blackberry fruitiness and habanero heat.
The Rib Cage | Backyard Style | Thick and rich, with tons of flavor; get it only at the trailer.
Rudolphs Barbecue Sauce | Original From a LynLake legend, a standby for any fridge.
Russ & Frank's | Fiery Sauce | You can smell the heat when you lift the lid.
Triple Crown Organic BBQ Sauce | Classic | Not as sweet as other homegrowns.
Triple Crown Organic BBQ Sauce | Hot & Spicy Cayenne | Definitely brings more than MN heat.
Twin Pine Farm | Tip of the Dragon's Tongue | Tangy balsamic pepper sauce, wowza.
Wee Willy's | Original Formula | Cooking this solid sauce since 2002.
Wee Willy's | White Barbecue | Tangy mayo-based meat dressing is hard to find.