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North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

Blending two vinegars helps re-create the BBQ sauce we love from my mother’s North Carolina roots. — Gloria McKinley, Lakeland, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until flavors are blended. Yield: 1-2/3 cups.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 26 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.

Reviews for North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

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smarthe User ID: 3272756 249318
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"too much vinegar, not my style."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 232964
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"I had a North Carolina BBQ sauce at a restaurant and wanted to try my hand at it. This recipe didn't disappoint - it matches the restaurant sauce. I think Kansas city style is our family fav but this was a nice change."

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 139067
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"This was good, had decent flavor. Wish it was a little thicker."

efwynne User ID: 4092460 194555
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"I made this sauce along with an other sauce. I divided my ribs using both sauces. At dinner my family liked the other sauce better."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 126393
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"EXCELLENT!! I served it on chicken"

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Wine Pairings

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.