East Carolina BBQ Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


1 cup

Updated: May. 12, 2023
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
East Carolina BBQ Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.