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Juicy East Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce Recipe for Pork and More

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Eastern Carolina BBQ sauce on a pulled pork sandwich

Eastern Carolina BBQ sauce on a pulled pork sandwich

This BBQ sauce has a strong vinegar flavor with a subtle spicy kick and a sweet aftertaste. Smother it over pulled pork for a juicy BBQ sandwich.


  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons finely ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (add more for a spicier sauce).
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  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Let sit for about 20 minutes, preferably longer. The longer the sauce sits, the spicier it gets.
  3. Keep the sauce in a glass or plastic bottle and store it in the refrigerator. It will keep for months.

Why Is This Eastern Carolina Style?

People often call this sauce "Carolina-style," but real BBQ aficionados will let you know that this is Eastern Carolina style. It is tangy and spicy with more of an emphasis on the vinegar. Western Carolina sauce has more of an emphasis on the tomato base, be it ketchup or tomato sauce, and it is sweet.

Use It to Make a Good Coleslaw

You don't have to bust out the Miracle Whip every time you make cole slaw. Just grate about 6 cups of cabbage and mix it with 1 1/2 cups of this barbecue sauce. Cover and leave it in the fridge overnight for all of the flavors to blend.

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