Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce

Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce

This is the best BBQ sauce for pulled pork, hands down! Eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce will elevate your pulled pork to a whole new level.

One of the best things about this sauce is that it’s easy to make, and basically foolproof. If your measurements happen to be a little off from time to time this Eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce can be very forgiving.

You will need to put in a medium sauce pan the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, black pepper, red pepper flakes, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper.

Bring the pot to a simmer to warm the ingredients so they combine fully then turn off to let cool before using immediately or storing in a container. Can be refrigerated and stored for up to two months.

When I make Eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce I usually make at least a half gallon so I have plenty on hand when I need it throughout BBQ season!

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Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce

A tangy BBQ sauce that will elevate your pulled pork for BBQ season!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 recipe
Author mondayismeatloaf


  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup mustard
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients into a medium saucepan, and heat to simmer. Once all ingredients are incorporated turn heat off, and cool. Use immediately or store in an airtight container. 

Recipe Notes

Can be stored for up to two months in an airtight container. 

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