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Why We Love Kansas City–Style Barbecue Sauce

It’s a sticky-sweet American classic. But how did it become one of the country’s favorites?

By Published Nov. 22, 2022

What You Need To Know

What comes to mind when you think of barbecue sauce? In Eastern North Carolina, you may imagine a thin, vinegar–heavy blend with noticeable heat. Swing further south to Alabama, and you might conjure a creamy mayonnaise-based condiment with a tangy kick. But in most of the country, if you see “barbecue sauce” without any other adjectives or mention of geography, you’ll get something...