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.
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:
Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce for Pulled Pork
- 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 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp butter
- 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.
- Store in a jar or squeeze bottle in the fridge.