North Carolina Style Vinegar BBQ Sauce This may be one of the Best Carolina style sauces I have ever had. I am thinking for the next batch of doubling the red pepper, but this was so good as is, you don’t need to unless you want more zing…
Lexington Dip, The Classic Hill Country North Carolina Barbecue Sauce Ingredients 1 cup distilled vinegar (do not use cider vinegar) 1/4 cup ketchup 1/4 cup apple juice 1 teaspoon hot sauce 3 tablespoons light brown sugar 1/2 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
Classic vinegar-based Eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce ~ 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp dark brown sugar, 1 Tbsp ketchup, 2 tsp Texas Pete hot sauce, 1/2 tsp ea. red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, & kosher salt. Place all ingredients in small, non-reactive sauce pan & bring to a simmer until sugar & salt dissolve. Cool to room temperature & refrigerate. *UPDATE: Made this with changes: used 1/2 cup each vinegar & apple juice, 1/4 cup ketchup, added 1 tsp garlic. Pretty darn good!
I have tried a lot of recipes of Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce. This is the closest to what you will find in any of the BBQ Restaurants here in North Carolina. It is on the hot side, so you may wish to adjust the cayenne pepper and Tabasco(TM) sauce for milder flavor.