Western North Carolina Vinegar Barbeque Sauce


This is a western Carolina BBQ sauce with vinegar and a splash of ketchup. I transfer some of the sauce to a plastic squeeze bottle for serving and keep the rest in a glass quart jar in the refrigerator. Be sure to let the sauce come to room temperature before serving (you can warm it in the microwave if you want).

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
2 days
Total Time:
2 days 50 mins
1 quart


  • 4 cups cider vinegar

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 ⅓ cups ketchup

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Place vinegar, sugar, ketchup, butter, hot pepper sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, mustard powder, salt, and pepper into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Remove from the stove and pour into a heat-proof bowl. Cover and refrigerate sauce for 2 days.

  2. Strain sauce through a mesh sieve to remove red pepper flakes. Store sauce in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

58 Calories
2g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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