By Vanessa Greaves

It's so quick and easy to whip up a flavorful sauce to go with your grilled steak, that you'll wonder why you'd ever reach for the ready-made stuff. Give these simple homemade steak sauces a try at your next cookout, and you just might find your new summer taste sensation.

Sauce up your steaks.

1. Chimichurri Sauce

Ready in just 10 minutes, this classic Argentinian sauce is a spicy, tangy, pungent mix of garlic, herbs, and vinegar, with a touch of hot pepper sauce, that pairs beautifully with all kinds of grilled meats and vegetables. Tip: This sauce isn't meant to be thick, so when you pulse the ingredients in your blender, stop when it's finely chopped but before it becomes a purée.

2. Homemade Horseradish Sauce

Although you can whip up this easy sauce in mere minutes, Chef John suggests you refrigerate it for a couple of hours to let the flavors develop.

3. Devil's Steak Sauce

And the secret ingredient is...raspberry jam! BUNKYLION says, "Oh my. As a rule, I don't buy commercial steak sauces; just don't like them. After reading the reviews on this recipe, I prepared this sauce to go with two grilled steaks and I have to say that this is the BEST!"

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4. Chef John's Mayo Method Steak Sauce

Chef John describes this creamy sauce as "mayonnaise plus salty, plus spicy, plus acidic, plus herby equals awesome." Reviewers agree, and say they use it to enhance other foods such as vegetables and burgers. Watch the video to see how quickly and easily it comes together.

5. Sweet Island Teriyaki Sauce

This tasty sauce can be used as a marinade, or you can hold some aside and serve it with the cooked steak. Just be sure the portion you hold aside for dipping does not come into contact with raw meat before you use it.

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6. Gorgonzola Sauce

Rave review: "DELICIOUS!! I did double the cheese and used bleu instead, bc it's what I had. Nice sauce for steak!" -- pcmomofsix

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7. Tuscan Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde

Once you taste this marinated steak topped with its robust salsa verde, you might want to save the recipe just so you can make the salsa verde to go over chicken, pork, and fish. It's that amazing.

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8. Bourbon Pepper Pan Sauce

This rich, sweet, peppery steak sauce really makes the meal here. It's also a delicious sauce for spooning over pork chops and roasted or grilled chicken. "Mastering pan sauces is one of the most important but easiest steps towards producing legit restaurant-quality dishes at home," says Chef John. "Assemble all the sauce ingredients before cooking the steak so you can make the sauce during the 5-minute resting time for steak."

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