DIY Carolina BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Anytime is the right time for barbecue and this tangy Carolina BBQ Sauce recipe is so lip smacking good that it deserves to be drizzled anytime there is a need homemade bbq sauce. You might also like this homemade Smoky Maple Mustard Dip.

How to make carolina bbq sauce

 I made this particular batch to go over pulled beef I made in the crock pot.  See in my house the lines are divided, over barbecue sauce anyway- I love a dark, sweet sauce and hubby wants tangy Carolina style.  

What is Carolina style BBQ sauce

Carolina style BBQ sauce is a vinegar based sauce. It's tangy with a little bit of sweet.

If you have never made homemade barbecue sauce I am really going to have to insist that you try it at least once, I promise you won't got back to store bought. It is ridiculously easy….

Let's get in the kitchen and get this started, it won't take long I promise…

carolina bbq sauce ingredients

Carolina BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

How to make Carolina BBQ Sauce

Place everything in a large saucepan over medium high heat, bring to a boil.

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Reduce heat to medium low and stir frequently for 5 minutes, sauce will reduce by a third. Allow to cool slightly

Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. ( A pint mason jar is the perfect holder for your home barbecue sauce!)

Do you have to put BBQ sauce in the fridge

Store bought BBQ sauce can last months and months unopened. Once opened it should be stored in the refrigerator. Stored in the fridge, it can last a for months.

Homemade barbecue sauce should be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator and should be used or tossed around the 3 week mark.

Can I make this bbq sauce sugar free.

Yes, you can definitely make this barbecue sauce sugar free. You can use sugar free ketchup and swap to your preferred sugar substitute, or you can use this recipe to create your Sugar free Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce

carolina barbecue sauce recipe
Yield: 1 jar

Carolina Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Carolina Barbecue Sauce Recipe

This diy Carolina bbq sauce is finger lickin' good and simple to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Combine everything in a large saucepan over medium high heat
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and stir frequently for 5 minutes, sauce will reduce by a third
  4. Allow to cool slightly and store in an airtight container for up to 3 weekssimple bbq sauce

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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44 thoughts on “DIY Carolina BBQ Sauce Recipe”

  1. I have never made homemade sauce before and find when I go to buy them I am swimming in choices but they are always sicking sweet. I just made this an in love! No more store bought for this family. Thank you so much

      1. Thanks for replying back. I made the sauce and I love it. It’s pretty close to the Cattlemens Tangy Gold, that I used to get when I lived in GA.

  2. I made this just now. I added some black pepper and omitted the ground mustard as I was out of it. The sauce is nice and tangy and not overly sweet. My husband is from South Carolina and this is how he likes his sauce. He says that it is pretty good but suggested some pepper.

  3. Yes yes yes! I made this sauce as a Christmas gift and I took a sneak taste and it’s awesome!!!! Only question is do I need to refrigerate it if I store it in an air tight mason jar?

    1. I have not tried canning it but I am sure you can. I keep mine refrigerated in an airtight mason jar until ready to gift then let the recipient know it needs to stay refrigerated. My hubby loves this stuff!

  4. It is so yummy and easy. I love BBQ sauce and love to make it at my home to follow your recipe. Thank you for such a nice post.

  5. chelley @ aisforadelaide

    I’m so excited… I have all of these ingredients AND chicken that needs some bbq sauce for the crock pot. Tomorrow is gonna be a good dinner!

  6. As someone who lives near the BBQ goodness of the Universe (Lexington, NC), this sauce looks amazing. I love that it is vinegar based.

  7. Colette @JamericanSpice

    I’d like to make this.
    Maybe have a cook off with my son, since he wants to share his BBQ recipe with me.

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