Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce

Eastern NC BBQ Sauce is an apple cider vinegar based sauce. As a result, it’s tangy and spicy, but with the right mix, a little sweetness as well. I actually left my recipe at home, so this is really a rough draft from my memory, but we’ll know soon enough on Saturday!

Eastern North Carolina BBQ Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Resting Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 15 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Southern


  • (1) 1 gallon jug


  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 1/2 Cups Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Hot Pepper Sauce Preferably Texas Pete
  • 1 Gallon Apple Cider Vinegar This is more than is needed, so just fill 'er up


  • In a 1 gallon jug, combine all the ingredients, and fill the jug with the apple cider vinegar. Place in the refrigerator and let rest at least 1 day, to let the flavors meld.


I left my recipe at home, and had to rebuild it from memory – this one turned out much better!  Ordinarily I use a cup of brown sugar, but that results in a spicier sauce – 2 cups was too sweet for me, so I backed it down to 1-1/2 cups – the perfect balance!
Keyword BBQ Sauce


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