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Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce

This Eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce is pretty darn hot but comes with a sweet and tangy sharpness. Use it as a basting sauce for slow barbecued or smoked pork – like pulled pork.

You could double or even triple the quantities if you have a lot of mouths to feed and a big piece of meat for your barbecue smoker.

Make it a couple of days in advance to give the flavors a chance to mix and mellow a bit.


  • 1/2 cup of cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
  • big pinch of salt


Just mix it all together and leave it in the refrigerator for a day or two, stirring from time to time. It should keep for a couple of months.


Some people find this homemade BBQ sauce recipe quite overpowering.

Be aware of the amount of cayenne and pepper sauce you use – swap the cayenne for a teaspoon of black pepper.

Or use a quarter cup of cider vinegar and a quarter cup of water. Experiment as you see fit.

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Try making Pulled Pork basted with this sauce.

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