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Food and Drink

Reprinted with permission from Award-Winning BBQ Sauces and How To Use Them by Ray Sheehan, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020.

North Carolina BBQ Sauce

"The sauce has a vinegar base with a good amount of ketchup, rounded out with mustard and brown sugar. The finished sauce is not as thin as most Carolina sauces, making it a tangy and versatile accompaniment to pork, chicken and most other barbecue meats. "

Makes: about 2 1⁄2 cups


1 cup cider vinegar

1 cup ketchup, such as Simply Heinz

1/3 cup prepared yellow mustard

1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Lower the heat to low, and simmer until it’s slightly thickened, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Let the sauce cool, transfer it to a jar, and store it in the refrigerator for up to a month.