Carolina Barbecue Sauce

Carolina Barbecue sauce

Perhaps because of growing up around smokers my whole life (meat smokers, not tobacco!) I have come to love all things smoked and barbecued. This recipe is different than the sticky sweet sauces I grew up with in Minneapolis, and has a nice vinegary tang.


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized saucepan and whisk to combine.

  2. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a rapid simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.

  3. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the sauce is glossy and thickened, about 15-18 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.

  5. Allow to cool to room temperature before using.

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