Simple Carolina BBQ Sauce

This Carolina BBQ sauce recipe has the perfect balance between tangy and sweet. It’s what makes Carolina-style BBQ so renowned.

bowl of carolina bbq sauce

Living on the West Coast you don’t get to experience Carolina BBQ Sauce very much. But I was determined to try it as I love a good sauce so I figured I might as well make it myself.

carolina bbq sauce

Tips

  • This BBQ Sauce is typically used for basting Ribs, etc. but can also be used as a dipping sauce.
  • You can use whatever brand of hot sauce you want to make this BBQ Sauce. I always have some Frank’s Hot Sauce on hand so that is what I used.
carolina bbq sauce

You will need the following ingredients to make this Carolina BBQ Sauce recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Yellow Mustard – I like French’s Mustard (no affiliation)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dark Brown Sugar – you can also use light brown sugar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hot Sauce – whatever brand you have on hand
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Unsalted Butter – I like to control the amount of salt a recipe has
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder and onion powder.
    ingredients for bbq sauce in saucepan
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly until all the brown sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the butter and whisk until melted.
  4. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Printable Recipe Card

carolina bbq sauce

Simple Carolina BBQ Sauce

This Carolina BBQ sauce recipe has the perfect balance between tangy and sweet. It's what that makes Carolina-style BBQ so renowned.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course BBQ Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 120 kcal

Equipment

  • Saucepan

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Cup Yellow Mustard
  • Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Hot Sauce, or to taste
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, combine the yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder and onion powder.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly until all the brown sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove from the heat, add the butter and whisk until melted.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 552mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 210IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Frank says:

    I love this BBQ sauce