Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce for Pulled Pork

Summer is not far away and that means that BBQ season is approaching.


I love BBQ. I like cooking BBQ, eating BBQ and hosting a BBQ. A good BBQ obviously has great meat but it also has some good BBQ sauce. If you look through my site, you will discover that I far prefer making my own BBQ sauce compared to buying some cheap sauce from the store. Some people will spend lots of time and effort to BBQ some quality meat and then squeeze on some store bought sauce. That is borderline travesty and a major BBQ no no.

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Every region in the US has their own take on what makes a good BBQ sauce. This recipe is a classic Carolina mustard based BBQ sauce. Tangy, sweet with a little heat, this mustard sauce is awesome on pulled pork, sausages, burgers hot dogs and more.

I have another BBQ sauce, which is awesome with pulled pork, that I call Carolina Red Sauce and it is popular in places like Piedmont and Lexington. I really like having both of these sauces side by side any time I have a picnic with lots of pulled pork.

If you are looking to make some pulled pork, check out my post for How to Smoke a Pork Shoulder Roast.

I like to have a few different types of sauces at any BBQ. Here are some other great options:

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Yield: 3 cups

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce for Pulled Pork

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce for Pulled Pork
This recipe is a classic Carolina mustard based sauce. Tangy, sweet with a little heat, this mustard based sauce is awesome on pulled pork, sausages, burgers hot dogs and more.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a saucepan until smooth. Cook on medium low heat for about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.
  2. Store in a jar or squeeze bottle in the fridge.
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  1. Can’t wait to make this sauce – love the colour! How long do you think it would keep in the fridge?

    • Hey Adam! I make this sauce and keep it in a squeeze bottle in the fridge. The kids love it for hot dogs and sandwiches as well. It lasts a month in the fridge (at least) before we run out and I need to make another batch.

  2. Helpful information. Lucky me I ran across your web site accidentally, using this program . shocked precisely why that incident didn’t occurred beforehand! We bookmarked the item.

  3. I love mustard sauces for pulled pork and it is really hard to find a good one. Just made this one and everyone LOVES it. I had to dump out a squeeze bottle of honey mustard in the fridge just so I could keep the rest. Will definitely being using it for more than just the pork.

  4. been wanting to find a good spicy mustard sauce for the longest for pulled pork ive made my own mustard sauce b4 and it taste good but i wanted to try someone elses for a change and this sounds so good to try and im sure i will enjoy,..thank you for sharing dis recipe!!

  5. Made this for pulled pork. Used about 3 teaspoons of chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne. Used my immersion blender to mix it. Delish! This one is a keeper. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Are you using “table” salt or kosher salt ? Because the conversions are different based on size of kosher salt. Thank you. Look forward to trying this recipe

  7. Thank you for this recipe, sounds great!

    Now all I need ia to learn how to make “pulled pork” lol..


  8. I made it for my pulled pork that I usually just add BBQ sauce to. It was delicious!!

  9. I made this specifically for pulled pork. I live in NC so BBQ is like a staple for us but you have to have a great sauce to go with it. I love making my own so when I saw your recipe I had to try it. It is AWESOME!! My husband and son loved it too. We put it on BBQ, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, I even made a pasta salad and dressed it with a little of the sauce. It was really good. Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. I made this tonight and it was great! Thank you!!

    • I added it to some gourmet(expensive) baked beans that I found a bit flat and much too sweet!
      Then i added more.

  11. Can you use apple cider vinegar?

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