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North Carolina BBQ Sauce

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars

"This was my favorite barbecue sauce growing up. It's vinegar-based with no ketchup. It's very tangy, very thin, and wonderful on pork, chicken, and even tofu!"
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35 m servings 28
Original recipe yields 64 servings (1 gallon)


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  1. Combine the vinegar, cayenne pepper, black pepper, mustard powder, salt, lemons, and Worcestershire sauce in a large pot; bring to a simmer. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 28 calories; 1 4.8 1 0 87 Full nutrition

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I really liked this recipe. The only thing I did differently, was I halved the amount of cayenne and black pepper it called for and added 2/3 cup of brown sugar (made the recipe based on 10 ser...

This sauce was not nearly as potent on the meat as it was when I tested it by itself before I served it. My kids gobbled it up, they loved it, although I did reduce the cayenne pepper a bit. M...

A very good and easy recipe. Delicious, with one point off for the heat. I could only drizzle a tiny bit on my pork or my lips would burn. I love spicy foods and make a homemade ramen soup that'...

Tangy with lots of heat...perfect for pulled pork topped with cole slaw :)

My husband used to hate BBQ until he tried this! We love the recipe! First, I cooked pork in slow cooker. Scaled back the # of servings of BBQ sauce to 4 and that made @ 1.25 cups. I substituted...

I loved this although it is way too spicy for my husband. Next time I will make 2 batches - one for me per the recipe and one for him with the spices adjusted. Thank you for posting!!

Holy WOW this is HOT! The flavor is good but I would scale way back on the cayenne and black pepper if I were you. You can always add more heat but you cannot take it back.

Best barbecue there is

A wonderful reminder of BBQ from home in NC. Thanks for reminding me what BBQ is supposed to taste like.