I have tried a lot of recipes of Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce. This is the closest to what you will find in any of the BBQ Restaurants here in North Carolina. It is on the hot side, so you may wish to adjust the cayenne pepper and Tabasco™ sauce for milder flavor.

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the white vinegar, cider vinegar, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper in a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days before using so that the flavors will blend. Shake occasionally, and store for up to 2 months in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Facts

4.1 calories; 0 g protein; 0.6 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 76 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2008
This was great, I've made it twice already and am craving it again. I wasn't sure how much to use so if you have that same question, here's what worked for me. I cooked a 2 1/2 pound pork loin (tenderloin wasn't as good) cut in half in the slow cooker for 8 hours on low (just pour a beer over it, season it with salt and pepper and throw in some garlic cloves). Then I shredded it using two forks and put it back in the crock pot and added this sauce in the "16 serving" size (1/2 cup of each vinegar). I like it extra spicy, so I added more cayenne pepper and also some habanero hot sauce (1T-ish). Just heat it through for 15 minutes and it's DELICIOUS. Extra-good with fresh sliced onions and cole slaw on them. Made enough for 16 well-stacked sandwiches. I'm making this for the next family get together. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/06/2011
Growing up in NC, I've eaten a lot of NC BBQ but I've never made it myself. All I could taste was vinegar. What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe EXACTLY. I was hoping for something like Smithfield's BBQ but this was sour and overpowering. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2008
This was great, I've made it twice already and am craving it again. I wasn't sure how much to use so if you have that same question, here's what worked for me. I cooked a 2 1/2 pound pork loin (tenderloin wasn't as good) cut in half in the slow cooker for 8 hours on low (just pour a beer over it, season it with salt and pepper and throw in some garlic cloves). Then I shredded it using two forks and put it back in the crock pot and added this sauce in the "16 serving" size (1/2 cup of each vinegar). I like it extra spicy, so I added more cayenne pepper and also some habanero hot sauce (1T-ish). Just heat it through for 15 minutes and it's DELICIOUS. Extra-good with fresh sliced onions and cole slaw on them. Made enough for 16 well-stacked sandwiches. I'm making this for the next family get together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2004
now this is how we do it in east nc Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2007
I FIND IT REALLY HARD TO PASS UP RATING A SAUCE THATS TITLE CAROLINA BBQ SAUCE, LET ME SAY AGAIN AS A EAST CAROLINA GIRL THIS IS THE TRUE EASTERN CAROLINA WAY. VINEGAR VINGAR VINEGAR, THATS THE KEY, ALSO THIS VERSION YOU DO NOT COOK. WHICH IS MOSTLY HOW I USE IT, IT IS BEST ON PORK BUT CHICKEN RULES ALSO, USE IT THROUGH OUT THE GRILLING PROCESS. IF USED ONLY ON COOKED MEAT IT WILL BE OVER POWERING. ALSO I ALWAYS USE RED PEPPER FLAKES. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
This is what makes North Cack bbq the best in the country. I was born and raised in Greensboro, NC and have been eating both "Lexington Style" and "Eastern Style" Que all my life. This recipe gets it about as right as I have seen for Eastern NC style. The only suggestion to make it even more "Carolina" authentic is to substitute the Tabasco with Texas Pete. Texas Pete has a little bit different flavor than Tabasco and you will never walk into a "real" North Carolina BBQ spot without seeing a bottle of Texas Pete on all the tables. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2008
Wow. This is great stuff! We moved to NC about a year ago and wherever I can try pulled pork with this type of BBQ sauce I do. Never had it before moving here!! I followed a recipe on RecipeZaar (at least the cooking part) for a Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sandwich but I used Szeged "World's Best" Rib Rub (it is in a can usually in the 'import' section of your grocery store) rather than making my own. Sprinkled that on the pork butt wrapped it several times over in plastic wrap and stuck it in the fridge for 12 hours prior to cooking. Plopped it in the crock pot put 1/2 of this sauce in there and set it to cook for the day. Shredded the meat added some more sauce put it on a roll with some coleslaw spooned on top and viola... a sandwich to rival local restaurants... and most importantly my kids loved it.... ESPECIALLY the sauce!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2007
Being Tarheel born and Tarheel bred if this recipe got any more "eastern Carolina" we'd be getting our feet wet! I do pulled pork often and this sauce is its crowning glory! Many Many thanks for a taste of home!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2007
This is a great recipe for Carolina BBQ. If you are unfamiliar with this style of BBQ you may not like it. I slow cooked a 7 pound pork butt for about 17 hours on my Kamado BBQ, shredded it and put it in a crock-pot with all of the sauce. I served it with Angie's Dad's Best Cabbage Coleslaw recipe with the pork on a hamburger bun. So good! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/06/2011
Growing up in NC, I've eaten a lot of NC BBQ but I've never made it myself. All I could taste was vinegar. What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe EXACTLY. I was hoping for something like Smithfield's BBQ but this was sour and overpowering. Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2004
The best recipe I have found for Eastern carolina BBQ Yet. Read More
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