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Uncle Earl's NC BBQ Sauce Recipe
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Uncle Earl's NC BBQ Sauce

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"Hot and spicy sauce, great on pulled pork or grilled chicken. If you have a pressure canner, make a big batch to can, and store for up to one year."

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Original recipe makes 1 gallon Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a large saucepan or soup pot, stir together the ketchup, cider vinegar, sugar, butter, red pepper flakes and hot sauce. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted and the sauce is heated through. Use right away, or store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 07, 2010

This recipe ended up in my RB on a lark. I suggested it when we were praying Hurricane Earl would not touch our friends on the East Coast. I decided to give it a whirl for my Labor Day ribs. OMG!! The family inhaled them!!! The sauce as written was just way too much, so I did as one reviewer suggested and just dumped all the ingreds in a bowl on a smaller scale. This sauce is Sweet N Tangy!! After you start eating the ribs with this sauce, it gets gradually hotter. It ROCKS!! My new favorite sauce:) Can not Thank You enough CarolinaDarlin:):) I wish I could Breathe this sauce instead of air. LOL

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 13, 2010

Good base recipe but tweak a little and IMHO better. I use half cup of dark brown sugar instead of any white sugar. 1 tsp worchestire sauce and then follow the rest of directions.


8 Ratings

Jul 04, 2007

I made this recipe to put on a smoked Boston Butt. I think it tastes great, maybe a little less sugar next time. Great thickness and not too much tomato flavor. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 06, 2010

I made some pulled pork that was a little plain and I was looking for a quick fix so I tried this. The quantity is WAY more than I needed so I just squirted a little ketchup in a bowl and eyeballed the rest of the ingredients. I didn't put in the butter because the quantity was so small and I didn't have any hot sauce plus I don't like things too spicy. I didn't even cook the sauce because I was in a hurry but the ketchup/vinegar/sugar/pepper flakes combo was just what I was looking for. I'm sure it tastes even better if you follow the recipe.

Sep 13, 2010

A good sauce, but not technically North Carolina Sauce. Western NC sauces are more thin, like a dipping sauce, and rarely have this much sugar and Eastern NC sauce has NO tomato products (the originators thought tomato was poisonous!). As a NC native, I think this is closer to a St. Louis glaze.

Feb 25, 2011

Made this sauce but did change the 1 cup of white sugar for 3/4 cup brown sugar. I like the taste of brown sugar over white. I did ribs in the oven using this sauce, turned out very good.

May 06, 2010

this is the best of NC bbq sauces not too hot but not bland either


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  • Calories
  • 24 kcal
  • 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.3 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.8 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 126 mg
  • 5%

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

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