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North Carolina BBQ Sauce
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Western Carolina BBQ Sauce

The amount of sweet, spicy and tangy you experience in your Carolina BBQ sauce are determined by the combination of ingredients used. All North Carolina barbecue sauces begin with vinegar. White vinegar can be used, but apple cider vinegar is preferred for the apple flavor it adds to the end result.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Sauce
Servings: 1
Calories: 50kcal


  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar

  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon of ground pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a saucepan.

  • Continuously stir the mixture over medium low heat until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

  • Be careful not to boil or let the sugar burn.

  • Once the sugar is dissolved, remove the saucepan and allow the barbecue sauce to cool.

  • Refrigerate in an air-tight container for at least 24 hours before serving.

  • Mix well with a spoon before serving.

  • The barbecue sauce should be reheated before serving or served at room temperature.


Serving: 30ml | Calories: 50kcal