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East Carolina Barbeque Sauce

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"This barbeque sauce is used for East Carolina pulled pork. It can be used as a marinade, or add a little corn starch and make it into a thick mop sauce or basting sauce."

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Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix cider vinegar, molasses, ground dry mustard, butter, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Cook and stir until all sugar has dissolved. Do not allow the mixture to come to a boil.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 23, 2003

I spent 6 months in Eastern N. Carolina 25 years ago and learned this recipe from a senior citizen. This is the best barbacue sauce I had ever eaten. Since then I had forgotten how to make it. I have been looking for this recipe for over 20 years!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 05, 2003

I was confused when I read this recipe. All the barbeque I've eaten in eastern Carolina hasn't had butter in it, that's for sure. I wasn't sure about the other ingredients. Decided to take a chance on this recipe, and was disappointed with the results. This isn't what I'm looking for. It was edible, but didn't have the right balance of flavors, and the greasy slick the butter left on top was just plain wrong. This may be authentic in some part of eastern Carolina, but apparently not the part I've visited.


42 Ratings

Sep 22, 2007

I am from NC and looked for a good BBQ sauce--this is it. Spicy and vinegary! Let it sit in the fridge for 3 weeks or more for it to be good. It's the real deal.

May 25, 2009

My entire clan hales from Eastern NC and I'm ashamed to admit how much pulled pork barbeque I've consumed. The Eastern NC barbeque "sauce" is mostly comprised of vinegar and red pepper and it is a marinade. It doesn't need butter, the pig supplies all the fat needed. This is NOT the real McCoy. If you go to the NC pork web page, you can find the real thing since pork is one of NC's biggest agricultural products.

Apr 01, 2008

Fabulous! I am a native North Carolinian living in frigid Minnesota.. missing this BBQ and sweet tea- that's for sure! But i am also SUPER lazy and found a sauce that is close to these ingredients- minus the brown suger at Target- Archer Farms Carolina BBQ marinade- it's good! not as good as this, but close..

Jan 14, 2004

I have been looking for an Eastern NC Barbeque Sauce recipe for a long time. This recipe is wonderful! Tastes like the real mccoy!

May 28, 2006

Terrific!! My family loves this as the sauce for pulled pork.

Jun 23, 2007

This recipe leaves meat tasting exceptionally vinegarish. I've use it twice, once to try to get a sauce (more like water) and once to slow cook pork. Waste of a good cut of pork. Something is wrong with it.


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  • Calories
  • 126 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.3 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 74 mg
  • 3%

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

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