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Carolina Gold Sauce Recipe

Carolina Gold Sauce is a mustard barbecue sauce that comes from a certain area in South Carolina that had an influx of German immigrants in the past – which figures.

I can’t think of a BBQ sauce quite like it from any other place.

As it’s a mustard-based barbecue sauce, you might think it would be a bit sharp – there’s a lot of mustard in there – but the other ingredients, plus the fact that its prepared mustard, do much to temper the flavor.

Traditionally this homemade BBQ sauce recipe is served alongside slow-smoked pulled pork shoulder.


  • 1 1/2 cups yellow mustard (or any prepared mustard you like)
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste/puree
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for about 5 minutes to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and let it cool before using it. And that’s it!

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