top wines to pair with bbq
Pair with Sauce
As a general rule, red wines pair excellently well with barbecue-grilled meats. It’s because the savory taste and high fat in the meat will balance out the tannin in red wine.
For pork barbecue, you are often seasoning with sweet, spicy, smoky, and tangy flavors and matching sauces. In this case, you can use your wine to balance the smoke and spice of your pork with something fruity that has similar smoky-spicy flavors. Wines listed below are medium- to full-bodied with plenty of backbone that will do the trick to find the perfect balance between wine and BBQ. They will also enhance the peppery and tobacco flavors in each dish.
Sorth Carolina Barbecue Sauce (spicy-mustard)
Sugar and spice, this sauce is not so nice or easy for pairing, but something from the southern Italian region of Puglia would work well. The Pasqua Sangiovese will be intense and rich, but great acidity to balance the mop.
Kansas City Barbecue Sauce (classic)
The near-cloying sweetness of a Kansas City barbecue sauce necessitates an assertive wine. Bottlelegger suggests this Field Recordings Santa Barbara, California Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is big and bold, and really ripe. It will really compliment BBQ.
Plain Barbecue Pork
Predator Zinfandel will work nicely with BBQ. It's powerful and quite fruity yet retains a bit of acidity that compliments the pork.
Plain Texas-Style Beef Brisket
Texas-style is about subtlety. Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages works well with Texas barbecue. This wine will be rich and juicy and really nice.
Options for the sparkling, Rose, and white Wine Drinkers
Prosecco is also a delicious sparkling wine that compliments BBQ.
The Anew Riesling will pair nicely with BBQ. Spicy and off-dry riesling play off each other in a way that enhances both flavor profiles.
La Galope Rose have a bite more acidity than white wines which give them the ability to stand up to the bold grilled flavors of the food. This Provencal style has the ability to hold its own with saucier meats.