4.84 from 6 votes
Angled photo of Carolina BBQ sauce in a small white sauce pan with a wooden spoon of sauce off to the side.
Homemade Carolina BBQ Sauce recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
23 mins
This Carolina BBQ Sauce recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious with everything!  Thick, tangy and slightly sweet, you will want to make this homemade sauce again and again!
Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, BBQ, Carolina, homemade, North Carolina
Servings: 6
Calories: 81 kcal
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¾ Cup Ketchup
  • ¼ Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 TBS Yellow Mustard
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce (Preferably Texas Pete's)
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Pepper
  • ½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes optional
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. Whisk well to combine.
  2. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a rapid simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the sauce is glossy and thickened, about 15-18 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
  4. Allow to cool to room temperature before using. Or, allow to cool to room temperature, transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy with pork, chicken, ribs, on sandwiches – whatever!

Recipe Notes

Yield:  Approximately 1 1/2 Cups

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Carolina BBQ Sauce recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81
% Daily Value*
Sodium 743mg32%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 15g17%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.