Our team tasted more than 70 varieties of sauces, spreads, and relishes to see what squeezed out the competition.

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1 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.

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2 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.

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3 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.

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4 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.

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5 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.

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6 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.