Cooking with Honey

Nature's Sweet Emulsifier

Obviously we're a little biased, but we love using honey in cooking - especially dressings, marinades, and sauces! Naturally smooth and sweet, honey doesn't add the grittiness of sugar and even acts as an emulsifier to keep any water, oil, and vinegar from separating. Plus, honey is better for you than regular sugar!

But those are just the objective reasons to love using honey in your favorite marinades and sauces. Subjectively, we think honey is superior to sugar in cooking because it doesn't just add sweetness - honey adds flavor! Luckily you don't need to taste all our honeys (though you're certainly welcome to in our honey tasting room!) to figure out which one is right for you. While each honey has its own distinct flavor profile and notes, you can use the color of the honey as a pretty good gauge of flavor profile. Lighter honeys are more delicate and often floral or herbaceous in flavor, making them ideal for light herb dressings or marinades. Amber honeys are a happy medium and an excellent cabinet staple that plays well in just about everything. And dark honeys have more robust flavors that skew towards molasses and can sometimes even taste a little bitter, making them excellent additions to tomato-based and heavier sauces and marinades.

Choosing the right honey to complement your recipe really adds to the depth of flavors in your dishes and is also a lot of fun for home chefs who like to experiment. Below we break down our five favorite honeys for marinades and sauces, along with why - and when - we'd use each one!

Raw Orange Blossom Honey

Citrus & Light Marinades

A gorgeous amber honey, Orange Blossom is an excellent go-to for marinades and dressings all-around, but is a showstopper in anything with citrus. Lightly floral with notes of lush citrus fruit, Orange Blossom Honey will help to round out the flavor profile of your marinade or sauce.

Raw Sourwood Honey

Mustards & Carolina Bbq

Fittingly from Appalachia, Sourwood Honey's anise notes are perfect in mustards and Carolina barbecue sauces. Sourwood Honey feels creamy on your palate and sometimes has a hint of vanilla, which also makes this honey excellent in spicier marinades.

Raw Italian Chestnut Honey

Vinegar Sauces & Marinades

Rich and complex, Chestnut Honey isn't afraid to be the star of the show. With leathery, smokey and earthy flavors that leave just the barest hint of bitter on your tongue, Chestnut Honey makes a fabulous addition to vinegar sauces and marinades for a bit of sweet tang.

Raw Buckwheat Honey

Mesquite Bbq & Soy-based Sauces

Pretty much every time a recipe calls for molasses we reach for a jar of Buckwheat Honey. Rich and decadent, this dark honey tastes very similar to a light molasses, making it the perfect addition to just about any bbq sauce or soy sauce-based marinade.

Raw Ghost Pepper Honey

Sweet & Hot

Sweet with a touch of spice on the back, our hot honey is a fantastic addition to marinades - and a great sauce for grilled shrimp and chicken in its own right! We love using this honey for everything from light mango-citrus marinades to five-alarm-fire bbq sauces.

How to Bake with Honey

While cooking with honey is pretty straightforward, there are a few tricks to baking with this sweet but acidic liquid gold. Figure out all our tips and tricks on our blog!

8 Best Honeys for Baking

Explore our favorite honeys for baking - there's some overlap, so see if your next marinade might go nicely with a honey dessert!