Sunday, April 15, 2012

Carolina-Style Mustard-Based BBQ Sauce

From the Carolinas to Kansas (aka, the BBQ belt), everybody has their own preference on barbeque sauce, and where you’re from plays a huge factor in what you like.  Mustard-based sauces are typically associated with my home state of South Carolina, but in fact, this sweet-and-spicy treat isn’t the preferred sauce statewide.  It finds its home in Columbia, and it’s popular throughout the midlands and lowcountry.

Here’s my take, after a little trial and error, on Carolina-style, mustard-based sauce.  Try it with this recipe for smoked pork shoulder on the grill, and cook it alongside this ketchup-and-molasses-based sauce for a little regional taste test!


¼ cup butter
1 cup mustard
½ cup loosely packed brown sugar
½ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon onion salt
 2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
¼ cup honey


1.    In saucepan over medium heat, melt better.
2.    Slowly stir in all other ingredients. Using a whisk is easiest.  Bring to a simmer.
3.    Give it a taste.  If you want it sweeter, add honey or brown sugar.  Hotter?  Add sauce or pepper.  Saltier?  Do I really have to tell you what to do?
4.    Let simmer for 3-4 minutes, remove from heat.
5.    Enjoy right away, or refrigerate and reheat when ready to serve.

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