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East Carolina BBQ Sauce

On a recent trip to the East Coast, I discovered this bold, spicy Carolina BBQ sauce. I'm not a huge fan of the thick and sugary sauces you typically see, so this recipe really intrigued me. It was served with pulled pork, but I've tried it on chicken and it works beautifully. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Combine all ingredients in a jar or shaker. Seal and shake until sugar has completely dissolved. Use or store at room-temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons.: 15 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Mary
    May 19, 2020

    Nice, very nice, gonna try that next week.

  • Marilyn
    May 8, 2020

    This is a better marinade than bbq sauce. We like a thicker sauce in our house.