Eastern North Carolina Barbeque Sauce

Eastern North Carolina Barbeque Sauce


"This piquant and spicy vinegar-based sauce, popular in Eastern North Carolina, is not for lightweights! It's great for all meats, but best on pork."


3 h 10 m servings 17 cals
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Original recipe yields 64 servings



  • Calories:
  • 17 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 2.8g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 444 mg
  • 18%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, mix together cider vinegar, salt, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, light brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce. Stir until salt and brown sugar have dissolved. Cover, and let stand at least 3 hours before using as a basting sauce or serving on meat.
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  1. 63 Ratings


I made this sauce and let it sit for 24 hrs. Then I submerged a pork tenderloin in it for another 24 hrs in the refrigerator.I baked the pork with a small amount of sauce poured over it for 3 hr...

Thanks for the "real" Carolina BBQ sauce recipe. A friend makes this all the time, but says the recipe is an old family secret.

Wow! This was perfect! About 3 years ago, I had been to a family reunion in NC where there was a pig roast, and they served the pork with a delicious spicy vinegar dressing that I'd never trie...

My family is from Eastern North Carolina (Smithfield N.C.), and this recipe is right on time. Sometimes we leave out the brown sugar, and use beer for a different kick. This mop sauce is used fo...

Definately had the NC vinegar flavor. The spicyness got in the way a little bit. I would suggest cutting back if you don't like your sauce super hot.

I lived in NC for years & love the BBQ there. This sauce is as close as I have come to the taste of "Carolina BBQ". Love it.

Wow! Just like the barbeque we'd get when we'd visit my nana and grandaddy in Wilmington... I was afraid it would be too spicey, but no, it was perfect. Thank you so much!!!

Used this sauce on pork BBQ and it was great! Very spicy and tangy, but I like it like that and so did 20 guys! Next time I might add a bit more brown sugar and go a little lighter on the vine...

This is not your typical bbq sauce, it's tangy yet spicy. It is great on bbq pork roast. I grill alot and i tried it on my pork.... everybody raved over it