Carolina BBQ Pork Sauce Recipe -
Carolina BBQ Pork Sauce Recipe
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Carolina BBQ Pork Sauce

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"In North Carolina, barbeque sauce is made with a vinegar base and ground red pepper. Pork is the meat of choice."

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Original recipe makes 4 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a sauce pan, combine vinegar, ketchup, water and sugar. Season with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

Tasty! However, this is not TRUE North Carolina style BBQ sauce. I've lived in Sanford, Chocowinity, and Forest City and the BBQ is the same. There is NO tomato base at all. That is what makes NC BBQ unique and special.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2004

This recipie has way too much vinegar. I strongly recommend choosing another recipie.


11 Ratings

Jan 25, 2004

Great recipe! It simple with few ingredients, and tastes great! Perfect on the vinegar, that's what it's all about!

Mar 22, 2007

I am from Eastern North Carolina and this is what it is all about, except we use apple cider vinegar, It is mostly used when grilling pork or chicken, you use it as a basting sauce through out the cooking process, we mostly use it for cooking our pigs for chopped BBQ. It can be a little strong if use on meat after it is done, but used correctly it is the best way to cook pork and eat pork, The vinegar is what makes it so famous for being Eastern North Carolina style BBQ. Try it!!! next time you grill ribs or chicken.

Aug 01, 2007

Almost there, but it needs Apple Cidar Vinegar and you mop it on the food as it's cooking. The distilled white vinegar makes it way too srong.

Apr 11, 2005

yeah!this is the good stuff. as for whether NC has a tomatoe based sauce or not- it depends on who is cooking and whether there is enough ketchup. as a NC native, have eaten it with and without the tomatoe base and either way is great.

Feb 03, 2007

I don't know anything about Carolina BBQ, so I can't whether or not this is TRUE Carolina BBQ. What I can tell you, however, is that I thought there was, indeed, WAY TOO MUCH VINEGAR. I had to do a lot of 'doctoring up' to make the sauce palatable for the rest of my family (ketchup, tomato sauce, onion flakes, more sugar).

Jan 24, 2007

Oh my goodness, I think the only way a person could enjoy this sauce is if you enjoy drinking vinegar from the jug. Holy cats!!! I tried it and it's not for our taste. I think it would also be a nice way to ruin a good piece of pork. Thanks anyway.


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  • Calories
  • 15 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.5 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 112 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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