I'm not sure if using honey instead of sugar really qualifies as a 'West Coast twist,' but it does ensure that people from North Carolina can't attack me for this Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue sauce not being authentic. Anyway, while this isn't exactly what you might find in the Tar Heel State, it was fantastic on pulled pork.

Chef John
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk honey, black pepper, red pepper flakes, salt, apple cider vinegar, and white distilled vinegar together in a bowl. Let sauce sit overnight to blend flavors together.

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Cook's Note:

I like to store this sauce in a plastic squeeze bottle with enough of the tip snipped off so red pepper flakes don't get stuck. It's a great all-purpose condiment.

Nutrition Facts

17 calories; 0.2 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 182 mg sodium. 3.5 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2017
I really liked the tangy flavor this gave the pulled pork I made (Chef John's pork shoulder in paper recipe). It was a nice change from 'plain ole' BBQ sauce. Would definitely make and use again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2018
Minus the honey this recipe is the true foundation of real eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce. I salute Chef John for adhering so closely to the genuine article. It's true that some places in Eastern NC add sugar and some don't and some have additional spices added as well. One thing I have found is that this type of sauce seems best suited to the BBQ made in the same area most places already sauce their chopped BBQ before it reaches your table and it is blended in already and doesn't taste as harsh to some people than when adding it at the table. To get off the "West Coast Twist" and still have some sweetness just use granulated sugar. I use brown sugar and next time I'm adding molasses made in NC. It's also helpful to gently simmer the vinegar as you whisk in the ingredients so the salt and sugar dissolve better. It will stink a little in your kitchen (the simmering vinegar) but you will get a better result. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2017
I really liked the tangy flavor this gave the pulled pork I made (Chef John's pork shoulder in paper recipe). It was a nice change from 'plain ole' BBQ sauce. Would definitely make and use again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2017
I did not add the sweet but everything else I put in the bowl. This is Hog Heaven BBQ sauces Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2018
Minus the honey this recipe is the true foundation of real eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce. I salute Chef John for adhering so closely to the genuine article. It's true that some places in Eastern NC add sugar and some don't and some have additional spices added as well. One thing I have found is that this type of sauce seems best suited to the BBQ made in the same area most places already sauce their chopped BBQ before it reaches your table and it is blended in already and doesn't taste as harsh to some people than when adding it at the table. To get off the "West Coast Twist" and still have some sweetness just use granulated sugar. I use brown sugar and next time I'm adding molasses made in NC. It's also helpful to gently simmer the vinegar as you whisk in the ingredients so the salt and sugar dissolve better. It will stink a little in your kitchen (the simmering vinegar) but you will get a better result. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2018
Excellent on pulled pork and the salad!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2017
Made according to recipe. It was okay but disappointed as thought it would be fantastic as I like the other Chef John's recipes I have tried. Tried this on the Paper Pulled Pork recipe but preferred my regular BBQ sauce Sweet Baby Rays. Will try some of the other BBQ recipes I have added to favorites. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2019
I am an eastern North Carolina girl and although the recipe was good, you can’t beat the good ol southern original recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2019
Perfection for my tri tip Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2019
Absolutely awesome on any pulled smoked meats! I've also used it to baste a pork loin that I smoked. If you start basting from the beginning of the smoke (unlike thick sauces at the end) Read More