Western North Carolina Vinegar Barbeque Sauce

Western North Carolina Vinegar Barbeque Sauce


"This is a Southern vinegar barbeque sauce with a splash of ketchup. I transfer some of the sauce to a plastic squeeze bottle for serving, and keep the rest in a glass quart jar in the refrigerator. Be sure to let the sauce come to room temperature before serving (you can warm it in the microwave if you want.)"


2 d 50 m servings 58 cals
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Original recipe yields 32 servings



  • Calories:
  • 58 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 1.6 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 10g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 214 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the vinegar, sugar, ketchup, butter, hot pepper sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, mustard powder, salt, and pepper into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Remove from the stove and pour into a heatproof bowl. Cover, and refrigerate the sauce for 2 days.
  2. Strain the sauce through a mesh sieve to remove the red pepper flakes. Store the sauce in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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  1. 27 Ratings


I would eliminate brown sugar and ketchup entirely. There's not enough lemon juice to matter, so increase it substantially, or eliminate it as well. Most will say it needs more hot sauce. Ins...

This is not bad for EASTERN NC BBQ sauce - but as someone who has lived all my life in western NC, I can tell you that the traditional sauce in this part of the state will never have vinegar in ...

I've been using this recipe for years and it's always been easy to prepare and well liked. The best thing about it is that one can "customize" it by using their favorite "heat" (pepper sauce) so...

I used unsalted butter and scaled this up to make a gallon. I needed that much to used as a mop sauce for a 65 pound pig that we roasted for the 4th of July. What a hit! Perfect combination o...

I don't like sweet bbq sauce, so this one is perfect! The first time I left out the sugar, but have added it everytime since. My family is crazy about it, too! We love this on chicken, but will ...

My husband went to school in NC and he really enjoyed this recipe. It's a keeper at our house.

Really made my pulled pork zippy. A flavorful thin vinegar sauce.

My husband LOVED this recipe! I did not use the red pepper flakes because I didn't have any, but otherwise made recipe as stated. Thank you! Will definitely use again!

This is a basting, serving, dipping sauce. I use it when I do anything on the rotissore because it doesn't burn and can be used from start to finish for poultry or pork. It does not have to be ...