If you have all the necessary barbecue tools and a snazzy apron, the last step in building your summertime barbecue arsenal is getting the right ingredients. A dish is only as delicious as the ingredients used. If you start with top notch goods, your food will be too.
Hot sauce adds a kick of flavor and heat to your barbecue dishes. You can use it in a marinade or add it to a sauce. I like pumpkin hot sauce because the sweetness of the squash balances the heat from the chile peppers.
I will always recommend to make your own sauce whenever possible but sometimes there are time constraints and it's just not in the cards. Keep a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce on hand when you're in need for a quick meal.
If nothing else, invest in a good dry rub. Whether you buy all the spices individually to make a homemade blend or buy your favorite brand, a dry rub is going to give your food the most flavor. I like to keep a variety of dry rubs on hand to use on different meats.