Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

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Swap tomato for mustard to get this nice tangy bbq sauce that’s perfect on so many proteins. It tastes amazing – especially on pulled pork!

Swap tomato for mustard to get this nice tangy bbq sauce that's perfect on so many proteins. It tastes amazing - especially on pulled pork!

Bbq sauce is a basic, yet fundamental ingredient in the south. However, there are different varieties that each region claims is the best. Among the Carolinas are a few different types of bbq sauce that reign supreme depending on which region you’re from. Eastern style bbq sauce is a simple vinegar-based sauce that usually includes sugar and red pepper and is often claimed as the “original” bbq sauce.

Western North Carolina style bbq sauce, also known as Piedmont or Lexington style, takes eastern style sauce and gives it a twist. It includes a little bit of ketchup to give it some sweetness and round out the tangy vinegar flavor. It’s redder than eastern style, but still has a thin consistency.  You can make your own by following our Carolina BBQ sauce recipe.

For this recipe, we head down to South Carolina where you’ll find mustard-based bbq sauce, also known as Carolina Gold, is king.  This Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce is thicker than regular Carolina BBQ Sauce, thanks to the star ingredient.  The combo of mustard and vinegar make it tangy, zingy and perfect for pulled pork.

This sauce is easy to make. Simply combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium-low for 10 to 15 minutes – which really helps the flavors blend together.  That’s it! Spread it over some pork and you’re all set to savor the flavor of South Carolina bbq.

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Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

Swap tomato for mustard to get this nice tangy bbq sauce that’s perfect on so many proteins. It tastes amazing – especially on pulled pork!

  • Author: Brittany Poulson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. hot pepper sauce (i.e. Frank’s RedHot or Texas Pete’s)
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.