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Carolina/Vinegar based BBQ sauce?

TBQueTBQue Posts: 101
edited 12:50PM in EggHead Forum
I am looking for a good Carolina/Vinegar Style BBQ sauce for pork sandwiches.I have found several recipes on the internet but none of them have been very good. Any suggestions?


  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    The Carolina's are a crossroads of sorts of sauces and flavors. Here is a Basic Eastern North Carolina sauce that I have always liked. Some call for a higher proportion of vinegar to water, but this is a good starting place to test the taste buds. Can be used as a basting sauce as well as a table sauce on pulled or chopped barbecued pork.

    1/2 Cup Water
    1 Cup Cider Vinegar
    2 t Salt (try sea salt)
    1-1/2 t Cayenne Pepper
    1/2 t Black Pepper
    Warm the base so that the salt & peppers can blend in evenly.


    If it's a little tart, you can mellow it with some apple cider or apple juice, but the flavors on the finished meat is different from sampling right after mixing. I use a shaker bottle on the pit and the table both.
    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • TBQueTBQue Posts: 101
    Thanks. I think I have only been using the white vinegar and not the apple cider. I will give it a try.
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    Ohhhhh yeech!!

    Never ever use white vinegar for anything but cleaning a coffee pot...

    Eastern NC BBQ always uses Apple Cider Vinegar..

    I'd give you mine, but I'd probably die in a hail of lead... :woohoo:

    Headlines to read: Yankee Dies giving up Father-in-laws Sauce Recipe. Father-in-law hailed a hero..
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428

    Don't forget about pickling stuff....

    PS, we can keep a secret B)
    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • I have one down that I like a lot. The one posted is on the right track. I read a ton of the recipes off this site
    and played with them until I found what I like.
    Be sure to write it down once you got it.
    That is my problem, I just add stuff. I haven't written down an actually recipe for my sauce yet. Hope I remember it, I will be making about a quart of it this weekend. :woohoo:
  • DynaGreaseballDynaGreaseball Posts: 1,409
    Western NC from AZRP.

    For ribs and chicken I use Blueshog but for pulled pork I like this Western Carolina sauce. -RP

    1 qt cider vinegar
    6 oz yellow mustard
    ¼ lb butter
    ¾ T salt
    ½ T black pepper
    ½ T cayenne
    Juice of ½ lemon
    ½ t sugar
    32 oz catsup

    Cook at a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Ike WittIke Witt Posts: 195
    HI Gator,

    I am on a similar search, to date, this is the best
    i have found for sauce.

    For a good vinegar based marinade or baste this is excellent.

    Let me know if you find any others.

    good luck

  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    1 qt cider vinegar
    6 oz yellow mustard
    ¼ lb butter
    ¾ T salt
    ½ T black pepper
    ½ T cayenne
    Juice of ½ lemon
    ½ t sugar
    32 oz catsup

    Simmer for 10 minutes, cool and bottle. -RP
  • ytsejamytsejam Posts: 3
    1 cup cider vinegar
    1 cup coke
    3 chipotles

    put that in a blender, blend till smooth

    put in a pot, add:
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon mustard powder
    1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon celery salt
    couple turns of the pepper grinder
    simmer for about 15 mins.

    and enjoy B)
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