carolina style barbecue sauce

Carolina BBQ Sauce

It’s all in the sauce. Try out our 3-ingredient recipe for a delicious Carolina BBQ sauce.

This tangy, spicy sauce draws from the first BBQ sauces used by Native Americans in the region. Commercially, this style of sauce became popularized by Adam Scott and Bob Melton in the decade after World War II.

Carolina BBQ Sauce

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Protein: Beef, Pork, Poultry
Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Course: Dips / Sauces
Prep Time: 3 minutes


  • 2 c white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp jarred crushed hot peppers
  • 1 c honey


  • Combine all ingredients together in a sauce pot. Bring to a simmer for 3 minutes. Ready to use or let cool to store.
  • Once cooled store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks


Chef's Tip:
If you can't find jarred crushed hot peppers—what are referred to as "hots" in New England sub/hoagie shop parlance—minced pepperoncini can be used instead.
crushed hot peppers
You can increase or decrease the hot peppers to fit your spice preference.
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