3 easy grilling sauces

Happy July 4th weekend! The secret to a good dish is often in the sauce. When debating what recipe to share for this holiday weekend, I thought 3 easy grilling sauces would be the most beneficial! Take what your already planning to make, and kick it up a notch. I’ve included recipes for a homemade burger secret sauce, a smokey BBQ sauce and truffle mayo.

What do these 3 easy grilling sauces go on?

  • Secret burger sauce– Okay this one is in the name! It doesn’t matter if your making a homemade beef patty or store-bought, this sauce will make it taste restaurant worthy.
  • Smokey BBQ sauce– I’m sure you know that there are many ways to use a good batch of BBQ sauce. Personally, I prefer to make my own sauce, so I can control the sweetness level. Use it for chicken, hot dogs, or even for non grilling days to braise some meat.
  • Truffle mayo– This sauce is perfect for dipping fries or smearing on your burger bun.

Secret burger sauce

The contents of this sauce are nothing revolutionary, but when they are combined, it’s amazing!

Here’s what’s inside:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Black pepper

Smoky BBQ Sauce

This is an old recipe of mine, I’ve been using for years. One of my favorite ways to use it is on chicken or to braise ribs in. It’s got quite a few ingredients, but the taste is so good, it’s worth it!

Here’s what’s inside:

  • Brown sugar
  • Molasses
  • Ketchup
  • red wine vinegar
  • Dry mustard powder
  • Cumin
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tomato sauce
  • yellow mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • liquid smoke

Truffle Aioli

Creamy and irresistible, you only need a few delicious things to make this one.

Here’s what’s inside:

  • Mayonnaise
  • White truffle olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic

How to make the sauces:

Both the burger sauce and truffle aioli can simply be whisked together in a bowl. The BBQ sauce is better when its cooked for a few minutes on the stove-top. It helps thicken the sauce and meld the flavors.


The sauces can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. I personally like to use squeeze bottles for easy access.

Secret Burger Sauce

The sauce that will take your boring burger to the next level!
Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Whisk together the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Store in a an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Smoky BBQ Sauce

The perfect homemade BBQ sauce for anything from grilled chicken to braising ribs.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce


  • Combine all the ingredients together in a pot on the stove top.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.
  • Cool and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Truffle Mayo

Easy to make heavenly dipping sauce for fries or to shmear on your burger bun.
Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp white truffle oil
  • 1 cube frozen garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Tried any of these recipes?

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Until next time,


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