Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce is tangy, spicy and is the ultimate sauce when you’re serving pork! Originating in North Carolina, this sauce is easy to make with just 6 ingredients. This traditional sauce is for anyone who takes their pork BBQ seriously.
Where I’m from, it’s just not a proper Southern pulled pork sandwich without Carolina Vinegar Sauce. In North Carolina, we’re famous for our pulled pork that’s chopped, loaded onto a soft bun and topped with this sauce that packs a punch. It brings out all the beautiful flavors of smoked meat without overshadowing it.
Depending on where you live in the US, you probably have your own version of BBQ sauce. Some are sweet and thick, some have a mustard base and then there’s the old-school, traditional vinegar sauce. Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce made from a simple, cherished recipe that’s withstood the test of time.
The base of the recipe is apple cider vinegar which brings a strong acidic flavor that goes so well with rich, smoked pork. With the addition of ketchup and brown sugar, the flavor of the vinegar mellows just a bit. To take the sauce over the top, red pepper flakes and black pepper gives it a spicy kick that’s irresistible.
Now, I always serve Carolina Vinegar with pulled pork and ribs. It’s also delicious drizzled on grilled chicken and as a dressing for slaw. You can adjust the heat level by cutting back on the red pepper if you’re not a fan of that much heat.
What To Serve With Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce
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- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Smoked Pulled Pork
- Sweet Heat Grilled Chicken
- BBQ Red Slaw
- Easy Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts
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- 2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer cooking for 2 minutes until sugar and salt dissolves.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Store in a covered jar or bottle in the refrigerator until ready to use. It can be stored for up to 3 weeks.
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