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Eastern North Carolina Barbecue Sauce with a West Coast Twist

Rated as 4.2 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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10 m servings 17
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 cup)


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  1. 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.


  • 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

Per Serving: 17 calories; 0.2 3.5 0.2 0 182 Full nutrition

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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.

I did not add the sweet, but everything else I put in the bowl. This is Hog Heaven BBQ sauces

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 Eas...

Excellent on pulled pork and the salad!!

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 prefe...