carolina style barbecue sauce

Carolina BBQ Sauce

Last Updated on July 7, 2021

It’s all in the sauce. Try out our 3-ingredient recipe for a delicious Carolina BBQ sauce. This is perfect for dousing a pile of pulled pork made with ButcherBox pork butt.

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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Emilie Abijanac is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute with over 20 years of catering experience in Boston. Emilie was the Sous Chef for East Meets West Catering and has worked with Kate’s Table and La Fête. Emilie was also the culinary director of ButcherBox.