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North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

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.
  • Makes
    1-2/3 cups


  • 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


  • In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until flavors are blended.
Nutrition 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.

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  • W
    Oct 14, 2019

    Another North Carolinian here - great Western NC-style Dip! Just so your readers understand, this recipe is not actually a "sauce," rather something used to "dip" BBQ in or used sparingly to help keep BBQ meats moist. There's no way this dip will ever be thicker or less vinegary... because it's a vinegar-based condiment. :) My onnnnly thing would to be careful "boiling" vinegar - not a good idea and can be potentially dangerous. (The brown sugar just needs to dissolve) Want an Eastern NC-style dip? Omit the ketchup. :) Anyway, great, simple recipe and pretty spot on! Thank you!

  • Yellowfin
    Oct 10, 2017

    We're from NC and this sauce is awesome

  • DeepSorrow
    Jul 29, 2017

    Just like the sauce I had growing up on the North Caroline coast. If you like Smithfield's, you'll love this!

  • smarthe
    Jun 11, 2016

    too much vinegar, not my style.

  • aug2295
    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.

  • irsheyez76
    Aug 5, 2013

    No comment left

  • katecrid47
    Aug 1, 2013

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

  • malachi12303
    Jul 30, 2013

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  • efwynne
    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
    Jun 6, 2013

    EXCELLENT!! I served it on chicken