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North Carolina BBQ Sauce

So easy to make with pantry items on hand, this North Carolina BBQ Sauce is a thin, vinegar-based, spicy one and not a tomato or mustard based BBQ sauce. It's a MUST on Carolina pulled pork, or as they as, simply barbecue!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Steep15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: North Carolina BBQ Sauce, vinegar based BBQ sauce
Servings: 20
Calories: 21kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup ketchup optional


  • Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil, turn off heat, cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Remove lid, stir and cool completely before using or storage. Refrigerate after using for up to 2 weeks (if it lasts).


Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg