Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce

 

No bbq is complete without Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce. One is a little thick and the other has a tiny kick!

No bbq is complete without Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce. One is a little thick and the other has a tiny kick!

 

Remember how Cade handles the killer Pulled Pork at our house? Well I’m in charge of the sauces. I don’t know why, but he kind of tackles the meat and I’ve always just messed around with the sauces. I’ve made some lame ones by the way. The mustard sauce has been my arch nemesis. I’ve tried a bunch of recipes thinking that I didn’t have the right as a PNW girl to tackle southern bbq sauces, especially Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce, but guess what, I didn’t like everyone’s recipes.

 

No bbq is complete without Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce. One is a little thick and the other has a tiny kick!

 

That’s right, and neither did Cade. I mean they were ok, but not awesome. So I set out to perfect the sauce that Cade would call “money”.

 

No bbq is complete without Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce. One is a little thick and the other has a tiny kick!

 

The key to both sauces is actually to make them 3 days to 1 week ahead of time. Now, I’ve totally done just the day before and it was fine, but trust me they get better with time. And the mustard sauce has butter and nutmeg.

 

No bbq is complete without Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce. One is a little thick and the other has a tiny kick!

 

I don’t know why, I just threw it in and Cade was all over it like butter on a hot potato so it stays. The vinegar sauce needs red pepper flakes and it HAS TO BE Texas Pete’s or if all else fails, Franks hot sauce. The other brands do not work. Just trust me on this.

 

What is Carolina Style BBQ Sauce?

Carolina style means that it is vinegar and mustard based, as opposed to the ketchup and molasses based sauces of the mid and southwest.

 

Can BBQ Sauce Cause Acid Reflux?

Spicy food irritates the lining of the esophagus and increases the production of stomach acid.

BBQ can cause acid reflux.

 

Can You Freeze BBQ Sauce?

Left over BBQ sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for 7 days or more.

It can be frozen for up to 3 months.

 

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce

No bbq is complete without Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce. One is a little thick and the other has a tiny kick!

Ingredients:

Mustard Base BBQ

  • 3/4 Cup Yellow mustard
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • 1/4 Cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Texas Pete’s (or Franks if necessary) hot sauce or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1 Pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1 Dash Liquid Smoke

For the Vinegar Base BBQ

  • 1 Cup White vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon Texas Pete’s Hot sauce (or Franks is fine)
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoons Crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper

Directions:

For the Mustard Base BBQ

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Pour into a jar with a lid and refrigerate 1 day to 1 week prior to serving for ultimate flavor.

For the Vinegar Base bbq

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a jar and place the lid on to rest in the fridge for at least 2 days before serving.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month

Nutrition Information

Yield: 15-20 servings, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 57 Calories
  • Total Fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 3.1mg
  • Carbohydrates: 10.8g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sugar: 9.9g
  • Protein: 0.5g
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17 comments on “Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Vinegar Sauce”

  1. Do you use both mustard-based and vinegar-based sauces on a dish, or do select which to use?

  2. Hi, on the vinegar based BBQ sauce where its says Apple Cider is it Apple Cider like the drink or is it Apple Cider Vinegar? Thanks so much!

  3. My hubby smoked a pork butt and asked me to make a honey mustard sauce. I looked at a bunch of recipes and decided on this one. So glad that I did… it is wonderful! I have had it on pork, chicken and brisket. Thanks for a perfect sauce!

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  5. Made the mustard sauce for ~25 pounds of pulled Carolina pork butt and was very impressed with the overall flavor. I mistakenly added a little more liquid hickory smoke than the recipe says and used an orange blossom local honey but even so, it was well balanced and went deliciously with the BBQ pork. Can’t say that the nutmeg was detectable or necessary, however.

    • Ohhhhh I just had orange blossom honey last year and it was so good!!!
      We’ve had it without the nutmeg and it wasn’t as mouthwatering of a batch so we added it back in.

  6. Okay I just made my third batch of the vinegar base bbq sauce. This is by far the best I’ve had since living in South Carolina, I now live in Arkansas and is my home state but the people around just don’t know what they’re missing. I use it for pork and chicken and everyone that I have let taste it has like the taste. So great job and thanks for sharing. I be sure to pass it on.

  7. Mustard sauce is really good.  Thanks!

  8. Have not tried it yet

  9. I just finished making the mustard sauce and it hasn’t had enough time to develop the flavours but I can tell you right away that it is delicious. I may have had just a taste, then a bigger one, then more. I put it in the fridge and went back for another taste 2 minutes later. It really is that good. Thanks for the recipe! I’ve got pork in brine right now to make the pulled pork recipe you posted. The dry rub is yummy so I know this meal is going to kick butt!

  10. I advise everyone who views these recipes to immediately head off to the butcher for pork loin backribs and/or a tritip or chuck roast. Then make up a batch of each sauce and invite that guy/gal over who has been out grillin’ you all summer. Here in San Miguel we drop the hot sauce and liquid smoke from the mustard one in favor of pureed Chipotles in Adobo sauce (the heet and da smoke) at some unknown measurement we call “to taste”.