Our team tasted more than 70 varieties of sauces, spreads, and relishes to see what squeezed out the competition.
Best Spicy Brown Mustard: Gulden’s Spicy Brown
Zingy and bold, with just enough structure from ground-up mustard seeds, this classic is exactly what we want on hot dogs and sausages.
To buy: $1.50 for 12 oz.; target.com.
Best BBQ Sauce: 365 Everyday Value® Organic Texas True Barbecue Sauce
The right balance of sweetness, tang, and smoke makes this pick as good on ribs as it is on grilled salmon.
To buy: $4 for 17.5 oz.; at Whole Foods.
Best Mayo: Heinz Real Mayonnaise
Even the mayo haters loved this super-creamy spread. Never clumpy or oily, it gets bonus points for using 100 percent cage-free eggs.
To buy: $4 for 30 oz.; walmart.com.
Best Relish: Woodstock Organic Jalapeño Relish
This cucumber-free jalapeño relish has a hint of sweetness and a big kick. It licked the competition (most of which were full of dyes and high-fructose corn syrup).
To buy: $7 for 16 oz.; amazon.com.
Best Ketchup: Sir Kensington’s Classic Ketchup
The first ingredient in this premium ketchup is whole tomatoes, not tomato concentrate. We were not only surprised but converted.
To buy: $5 for 20 oz.; target.com.
Best Hot Sauce: Crystal Hot Sauce
Made with only three ingredients, this bright all-purpose sauce is bursting with complex flavor from aged cayenne peppers. Keep the pretty bottle on the table for a dash of heat whenever you want it.
To buy: $2 for 12 oz.; walmart.com.