This is a very simple Carolina style vinegar based BBQ sauce. A friend of the family gave us this recipe several years ago and after a few tweaks and additions, this is the best BBQ sauce that I've ever had. You combine all of the ingredients and then enjoy. This is easily scaled up or down.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
64
Yield:
2 quarts
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Ingredients

64
Original recipe yields 64 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large container, mix together the apple cider vinegar, ketchup, paprika, brown sugar, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Pour into an empty vinegar bottle, ketchup bottle or other container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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Nutrition Facts

43 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 10.2g 3% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 110.9mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2006
Generally, I tend to avoid recipes with only 1 or 2 ratings. I came across this one while looking for a sauce that didn't use dry mustard or liquid smoke and decided to give it a try. Exactly what I expected, perfect balance between sweet and acidic taste! Read More
(93)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2007
I found this sauce to be mediocre at best. All I could taste was ketchup so I added slightly more worcestershire. I didn't help that much. I will not make this sauce again. Read More
(17)
96 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 70
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2006
Generally, I tend to avoid recipes with only 1 or 2 ratings. I came across this one while looking for a sauce that didn't use dry mustard or liquid smoke and decided to give it a try. Exactly what I expected, perfect balance between sweet and acidic taste! Read More
(93)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2007
I hestitated making such a big batch of this sauce never having tried the recipe before but it was delicious. It is so much better than store bought--I don't think I'll ever go back! It is nice having homemade delicious sauce all ready in the fridge when you are ready to BBQ. We'll definately be using this all summer! Read More
(63)
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2006
This barbecue sauce is a lot better then the sauces you can buy in stores. If you don't believe me try it. Read More
(59)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2010
Delicious. I started by sauteing finely diced onions and garlic in butter in a large pot adding the remaining ingredients and simmering for about 15 minutes to combine the ingredients. I thickened it up a bit by adding a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste and stirring it into the bubbling brew. Yum! Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2009
Yum! This sauce is great! My husband from N Carolina was really pleased. I put a 2lb pork tenderloin in the crock pot with 2 cups of water and salt and pepper let it cook for four or five hours pulled it apart added some of this awesome sauce and let it warm in the crock pot for another 30 min to an hour. Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2008
My very hard to please husband LOVED this sauce. I cut the recipe in half and used Splenda brown sugar blend to cut back on calories a bit. Personally I would add just a tad less vinegar but that's probably what hubby liked about it. A very nice mix of sweet and sour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2009
Great unique flavor. The next time I made it I added butter and water to cut down on the vinegar byte. Also added 1 tbl spoon of cayenne pepper for some more spice. Read More
(22)
Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2007
I found this sauce to be mediocre at best. All I could taste was ketchup so I added slightly more worcestershire. I didn't help that much. I will not make this sauce again. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2008
loved loved loved this sauce. I prepared it and added it to the crockpot with a pork tenderloin and let it cook for 5 hours. We had the best pulled pork sandwiches! Read More
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