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Barbecue sauce is used to help add flavor to grilled or smoked meatball over the world, but its origin in the United States is not quite clear, however the earliest sauces were popularized by African slaves who were said to have advanced the development of American Barbecue.

Most real barbecue masters make their own sauces which may vary depending on where you’re from. Different regions claim bragging rights as to what flavor is better. There is Kansas City Style, which is extra thick, sweet and spicy, Texas Style, which is thinner, smoky and spicy, to South Carolina, which has a mustard base. Click here to read more about how these sauces vary from region to region.

This 4th of July holiday, try making your own. Then you be the judge!