Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce is tangy, slightly sweet, and super easy to make from scratch! The perfect pairing for pork, chicken, ribs and more! It takes only 20 minutes to whip up a batch and you can store it in the fridge all week long.
Tangy and Just Slightly Sweet – Mustard BBQ sauce is tangy from the vinegar and has a subtle sweetness.
Ready in 20 Minutes – Super quick to mix up!
Make Ahead Friendly – Store in the fridge all week long to have ready for serving.
Ingredients For Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce
You only need 5 simple ingredients plus a few spices to make a tangy, homemade BBQ sauce!
Yellow Mustard – The basic kind you put on your hot dog!
Brown Sugar – You can use dark or light brown sugar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Spices – Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper.
How To Make Carolina Gold Barbecue Sauce
Get a detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.
Cook BBQ Sauce – Add all of the ingredients to a small pot and whisk together. Heat over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking and stirring often.
Cool – Remove from the heat and let cool.
Serve or Store – Serve the bbq sauce or you can store in the fridge to enjoy later.
What makes Carolina BBQ Sauce different?
Compared to other barbecue sauces, Carolina gold sauce is mustard and vinegar based. Other barbecue sauces contain more sugar and are very sweet while Carolina BBQ Sauce contains less sugar and is much tangier.
Is there ketchup in barbecue sauce?
This Carolina-style sauce does not have ketchup or tomato in it. But, the sweeter Kansas City-style barbecue sauce does typically have a ketchup or tomato base. Here is a recipe to make a ketchup-based barbecue sauce.
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