Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce a Big Daddy's Carolina Style Barb

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“Big Daddy says, "This is Carolina style barbecue sauce." This means that it is vinegar and mustard based, as opposed to the ketchup and molasses based sauces of the mid and southwest. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors brings out the absolute best in grilled or smoked pork or chicken.”
2 1/4 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all except soy, butter and smoke. Simmer 30 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  2. My Note: Double the recipe because its going to go fast! I substituted Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for the water, and did not add liquid smoke since the pulled pork was naturally smoked. The sauce adds a tangy finish to the meat with balanced flavors of spice, pepper, vinegar and sweetness without overwhelming or hiding true natural flavors of smoked meats.
  3. I have used a beer mustard in one version, and this worked well on chicken breasts. We have even tried it on deep fried chicken wings and it makes for a tastey sauce.
  4. Sometime one of my thing I did different is vodka instead of water, it really helped bring out the spices. Make sure you have time to let it sit in the fridge overnight. That's where the real magic occurs. It helps thicken the ingredients and allows the spices to blend. It will also lessen the vinegar and mustard tones. Finally, when tasting, there are about 3 to 4 levels of flavors. WOW! It is spicy but not really hot. There is a pepper taste but not over bearing. Tangy but yet sweet. Excellent on everything! Pork, Chicken, Beef, add to a rice dish. It makes everything taste new and exciting. Make sure you double your recipe because this is truly addictive. Nothing store bought begins to compare, for taste.
  5. One of my kids did not have the liquid smoke, so she completely omitted that ingredient, and she did add some ketchup at the end of the cooking process to cut the mustard flavor a little bit. The family loved it and said it was the best bbq sauce they ever had! I will say it is a bit spicy, but that is A-OK with us!
  6. My grandson substituted the water with apple juice and added a little more cayenne pepper and garlic powder to spice up the flavor! Great sauce and easy to make!
  7. Last Note: Of course there are differences between marinades, mops, sops, finishing sauces, etc. Sauces are used throughout the barbecue and grilling process, but you need to be careful with sauces that contain a lot of sugar since they can burn at high temperatures.

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