Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce


This Carolina vinegar BBQ sauce is the closest to what you will find in any of the BBQ restaurants here in North Carolina. I have tried a lot of recipes for eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce. This is on the hot side, so you may wish to adjust the cayenne pepper and tabasco sauce for a milder flavor.

BBQ sauce in jar
Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 5 mins
2 cups


  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™), or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine white vinegar, cider vinegar, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper in a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid; shake well.

  2. Refrigerate sauce, shaking occasionally, until flavors blend, 1 to 2 days. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

4 Calories
1g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 4
% Daily Value *
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 11mg 0%

* 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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