Carolina Barbecue Sauces

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This eastern-style sauce is vinegar-forward, so using a good brand of cider vinegar is recommended for even more flavor.

Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large Dutch oven, bring vinegar and salt to a boil over high heat. Add paprika, ground red pepper, and crushed red pepper, stirring until combined. Remove from heat; let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar with lid; cover and refrigerate up to 1 month. Shake well before using.

 

Tangy with a back kick of heat, this sauce is excellent drizzled over barbecue pork.

Western North Carolina Barbecue Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium Dutch oven, bring all ingredients to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar with lid; cover and refrigerate up to 2 months.

 

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