RECIPE | East Carolina-Style Vinegar Based Barbecue Sauce

May 28, 2015·

I LOVE PULLED PORK. I mean, it’s a staple in the south and a staple in our household. It’s the best. But, I had never ventured to make my own barbecue sauce… and honestly, I have NO IDEA why. I mean, it’s SO EASY, and so delicious! Why hadn’t I attempted to make it earlier?!

I love barbecue and pulled pork (we make it all the time) and I was so tired of so many barbecue sauces containing terrible ingredients… so I played around and came up with this recipe and we LOVE IT in our house. It’s seriously so easy to make and so yummy. It’s perfect for pork, but it’s also awesome on chicken, steak, and veggies!

RECIPE | East Carolina-Style Vinegar Based Barbecue Sauce

A quick and easy vinegar-based East Carolina style barbecue sauce.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Barbecue
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 jar of sauce
Author Molly Stillman


  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes. you can adjust depending upon how spicy you want it


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and then pour into a sealable container. I prefer a large mason jar. Let sit AT LEAST 20 minutes before serving... it will get spicier as it sits.
  2. Make sure to keep it in the refrigerator and this sauce will keep for months.



What about you? Have you made your own barbecue sauce? What’s your favorite?