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.