Carolina BBQ Sauce

Contributor: Brittany Poulson

The Carolinas have a few signature bbq sauces. This Carolina BBQ Sauce is similar to North Carolina BBQ sauce with a few adaptations.

  • Author: Brittany Poulson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 12 tsp. hot pepper sauce (i.e. Frank’s RedHot or Texas Pete’s)
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook on medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and, stirring occasionally, simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by about one-third and thickened slightly.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.