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  • David Skarin

Carolina Vinegar Sauce

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

This sauce is what Carolina BBQ is all about. Think of this as the alter-ego of the common American BBQ sauce. When it comes to saucing the rich fatty meat of the pork shoulder, look no further.

This sauce has a lot of flexibility to adjust for personal taste and flavor profile.

Ingredient List

  • 1 ½ cups cider vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)

  • ¾ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (You can add more for extra sweetness if you prefer)

  • 1 ½ tablespoons coarse salt (Sea or kosher is ideal)

  • 2 teaspoons ground coarse black pepper (I prefer coarse black pepper but regular ground pepper will work as well)

  • Optional - 2 (or more/less) teaspoons hot red pepper flakes to taste (I personally added 2 teaspoons and don’t find it too hot)

Supply List


If using a non-reactive bowl, pour vinegar and water into bowl. Add in all the ingredients and whisk until sugar and salt are dissolved.

If using a sealable jar, place all ingredients in jar, tighten lid and shake to mix.

Let me know what you think!

Lessons Learned (Note: I will update this section to include your lessons learned from the comment section)


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