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Carolina-Style Barbeque Sauce

Rated as 4.23 out of 5 Stars

"This Carolina-style barbeque sauce features fresh apple, but otherwise it's a fairly straightforward, totally in-your-face-with-tang-and-heat recipe. It is fantastic on pulled pork and molasses-brined pork chops."
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45 m servings 52
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Place apple pieces in saucepan; cook and stir until they are slightly caramelized, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir brown sugar into apples; cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to bubble, about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour apple cider vinegar into saucepan. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook until the apples are soft and falling apart, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Whisk in mustard, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
  5. Transfer mixture to blender and puree until completely smooth.


Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 52 calories; 0.9 9.8 0.6 0 63 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Good, but needed a bit more liquid and a bit more sweetness to counter the tart. Really nice on the pork, though.

Most helpful critical review

Followed the recipe exactly, extremely spicy and sauce was more pasty than liquid. Had to add more apple cider vinegar and a little guava syrup for more sweetness. If I make this again, I'll i...

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Good, but needed a bit more liquid and a bit more sweetness to counter the tart. Really nice on the pork, though.

Excellent! It turned out a little too "hot" for me, so I added a little apple sauce at the last minute, but it has fabulous flavor! Used it on Chef John's grilled pork chops - so moist & delici...

i was a little worried when i was making this as it smelled really vinegary (and i love vinegar) but it came out great on the molasses brined pork chops! however, non-vinegar lovers beware - th...

Whew, can only say that a tablespoon each of red pepper flakes and black pepper made this way too hot for this house! We're about in the middle on spicy foods, and my gut was telling me that th...

Used on his brined pork chops and tuna steaks. Good on both. I thought the pork was a bit salty from the brine even after rinsing the meat before cooking. Sauce smelled of vinegar but did not t...

Very moist and the Carolina bbq topped it off perfectly

I didn't bother peeling the apples the blender shreds thrm.. I will be making this again.

Tried it both with Chef Johns brined chops and my own Carolina style pulled pork from a slow cooker, both were complemented very nicely with this sauce.

I have made this several times, so yes I really like it. Many guests find it too spicy, so I offer the pulled pork, this sauce, and a sweet smoky sauce that I don’t care much for. Most mix the...