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North Carolina, Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce
North Carolina Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce


Our North Carolina Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce, is our most requested recipe EVERY WEEK!!!

North Carolina Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce, This may be one of the Best Carolina style sauces I have ever had.  This is a VERY BOLD sauce and is MAGIC on Pulled Pork!

I like to splash it on almost any pork and chicken dish. It’s also great as a mop sauce when grilling pork or chicken or on anything you want a vinegar based sauce instead of the usual tomato based sauce.

This is the best Carolina style sauce I have ever had. We put it in a mason jar in the fridge and it is still good a month later.

I am thinking for the next batch of doubling the red pepper, but this was so good as is, you don’t need to unless you want more zing…

I put it in a mason jar in the fridge and it is still good months later…

A Note from Scott W.
“Try this as a marinade for sliced cucumbers and sweet onions. Brings them to a whole new level”!

North Carolina Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce


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North Carolina BBQ Sauce


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: North Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce

  •  3 cups  apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

North Carolina Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce

North Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce
Mix All the Into Ingredients the Pot

Directions: North Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce

Pour the vinegar, ketchup and honey with the dry seasoning in a medium saucepan over medium heat until everything dissolves. Turn heat down to low a simmer for about 5 minutes to blend. This will release the oils from your seasonings and let them get all happy with each other. Just need to  simmer and stir for a few minutes.

North Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce
Simmer About 5 Minutes


North Carolina Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce


North Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce
Let’s Eat!!!

North Carolina Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce

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This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. Doing a 10 LB pork butt and this is the BBQ sauce I’m using, Gotta love it.

  2. I love this sauce after I pull a 20# pork shoulder, braised in Yeungling Lager…. I run it as a special at the restaurant all the time. ..w/ fresh grilled hard roll, homeade slaw, and melted cheddar jack.

    1. Thanks Isaiah…

  3. Curious if you’ve tried this with Asian Rice Wine Vinegar? That’s got a sweet quality to it. Might be a good variation.

  4. I’m in the process of making this sauce right now. Noticed it says 1/4 CUP salt. Really? Seems like a lot. Should it be tsp or tbsp? I know, add a little at a time and go from there. Just curios if it’s a typo.
    Thanks, André

    1. I know it sounds like a lot but it works out…

      1. I put the whole 1/4 cup in. Awesome sauce! Thanks so much Ken, it’s perfect!

  5. Love this stuff! No BBQ joints in the area have this kind of sauce. Glad I found this recipe to make my own.

    1. Thanks Ken Enjoy…

  6. What is this primarily used for? Butts? Or on anything?

    1. Mostly Pulled Pork, I have enjoyed on pork loin chops and chicken also…

  7. Just made this while waiting for pork butt to smoke. I L O V E this and my husband thinks I’m a goddess for making it like his G-ma. He said it was good enough to put in a pitcher with ice instead of iced tea. Thank you!

    1. Thank you…

    2. That BBQ sauce on Pork is to kill for, it does not get any better than that.

      1. Thank you Sir…

  8. I am form Ontario Canada, and I will tell you the best Pulled pork sandwich I have ever had was form a shack sitting beside some big Cotton Mill somewhere in the western half of North Carolina. Thatnk you very much for posting this recipe.

  9. I’m from SC and got my sauce from my granddad. I don’t use the ketchup or honey, not into the sweet stuff. I was told he got his recipe from NC but everything I see has some kind of sweetner. Is there a history on this?

    1. Hi Ralph, I am sure there is some kind of history here. It would be fun to check into…

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    1. Yes, what he said….

  11. Just made this.
    Damn it’s good !!!
    Thanks so much.

  12. Great Carolina sauce.

  13. Great Carolina sauce, can’t make enough. Everyone loves it.

  14. We’re from Tenn. originally and my dad would kill a hog, hang it from a tree to drain the blood. Dad and my Uncle would dig a pit and cook the hog in the pit. My Uncle always made the sauce and I’ve tasted some like it, not many, but only ever in Tenn. I’m an Arizona woman and you can’t find any bbq or sauce like Back home. I’m going to try yours and keep my fingers crossed. The only time I get good bbq is when I go visit my sister in Tenn. There is a really good place close to her and they cook all that pig behind the restaurant/ drive thru. Yum Yum sooooo good!!! Can’t way to try yours.

  15. Very nice job!! This is excellent.

  16. This makes the best bbq sauce ever, so good on pulled pork!

  17. This recipe is legit!!! I’ve never had North Carolina style BBQ sauce before trying this, so I was taking a leap of faith that it would be good and oh boy was it ever! Simple ingredients and easy directions. Great food does not have to be compliacted! Thank you!

  18. My family is from Wilson, NC. I grew up on this stuff. I think Ed Mitchell would approve of this! Keep coming with the recipes, I miss my home cooked food!

  19. Do you have a recipe for the NC red slaw?

  20. Try this as a marinade for sliced cucumbers and sweet onions. Brings them to a whole new level!

    1. Wow!!! I never thought of that!!! I do marinade sliced cucumbers and sweet onions so I’ll have to try it…


    2. How long did you keep them in there I’m thinking maybe 24-48 hours

      1. When I do this overnight, then add more as we eat them…

  21. Just made a batch of this. I used smoked kosher salt and pepper flakes I dried this past season. Best I’ve ever had. It’ll be a permanent addition at our house.

    1. That sounds good! I love this sauce as there is so much you can do with it. Thanks!!

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