Carolina Style BBQ Sauce

I have never been to Carolina, so I am taking the word of the website I got the recipe from that it is authentic.  Whether it is or not only people from Carolina will know, but I reckon it is pretty good no matter where it comes from.  It is different to the BBQ sauces I grew up knowing.  But it rocks.

That it was to be simmered for so long seemed a bit strange, but the time simmering turned it into a sauce to die for.  And the smell in the house as it cooked was driving me insane as it smelt so good.

It is a mustard and vinegar based BBQ sauce rather than a tomato based one and it has a little kick which is great.  Someone said it was hard to believe that there is no tomato in it, because of the colour, and I agree.  I expected it to be more yellow, but the chilli and soy sauce must be the reason it is so dark; that and the long simmering time.

Carolina style Barbecue Sauce

Carolina style Barbecue Sauce

Carolina Style BBQ Sauce


  • 1 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (hickory flavoring)


Mix all except soy, butter and smoke. Simmer 30 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes.