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Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

close up shot of Carolina mustard BBQ sauce in a mason jar with the sauce being picked up with a spoon
This BBQ season, whip up this great recipe for Carolina mustard BBQ sauce. Rich and tangy, you will love this delicious sauce.
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Table of Contents
  1. CAROLINA MUSTARD BBQ SAUCE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CAROLINA MUSTARD BBQ SAUCE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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This Carolina mustard BBQ sauce is a tangy, spicy, and sweet sauce that you will love to whip up both for dipping and on top of your favorite grilled meat. Made with the vinegar and mustard combination unique to Carolina BBQ sauces, it is much more tangy and spicier than the classic sweeter sauce common in other regions. I guarantee you will not regret mixing up a batch of this amazingly easy recipe.

This is a great sauce to serve with so many different meat dishes. Try it on our grilled chicken, or use it to dip your turkey tenders or popcorn chicken.


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CAROLINA MUSTARD BBQ SAUCE INGREDIENTS

You will need:

For the sauce

  • ½ cup mustard
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 6 dashes of hot sauce of your choice, more or less depending on your desired level of heat

For the slurry 

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water, room temperature

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Spice: If you would like to increase the spiciness of this sauce, you can either add a couple more dashes of hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to your sauce.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CAROLINA MUSTARD BBQ SAUCE RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water for the slurry. Set it aside.

PRO TIP: A slurry is used to thicken sauces and soups, and it is perfect for thickening up this delicious sauce recipe.

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients except for the slurry. Whisk until the ingredients are well combined.

STEP THREE: Using a rubber spatula, pour the mixture into a small saucepan. Whisk often while simmering, on low heat, for 3 minutes (or just until it starts to bubble). Do not overheat or boil.

STEP FOUR: Add your slurry mix to the sauce and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

STEP FIVE: Remove from the heat and allow the sauce to cool.

STEP SIX: Once cool to touch, pour into a jar or container with a sealed lid. Refrigerate overnight.

PRO TIP: This golden sauce can be used once cooled; however, the best results occur the next day when the flavors have had time to enhance. 

HOW TO SERVE

When you are ready to serve your sauce, place it in a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Serve it on top of your pulled pork sandwiches, chicken wings, oven-baked chicken or grilled chicken. Add one of our tasty pasta salads on the side, such as our dill pickle pasta salad or chicken bacon ranch pasta salad, and you have the perfect meal.

Serve your meal with our iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side to wash it all down.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store Carolina mustard sauce in an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid or a glass jar, like a mason jar, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

IN THE FREEZER: This mustard-based barbecue sauce recipe can be frozen for up to 3 months.

There are so many different types of BBQ sauce, but we think this authentic Carolina mustard barbecue sauce, originally from South Carolina, is the best BBQ sauce to use for dipping and as a condiment. Skip the grocery store and whip up a batch of this tangy sauce anytime you want. The deep golden color and fantastic flavor will not let you down.

FAQ

What does Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce taste like?

This Carolina mustard BBQ sauce recipe is a mix of sweet, tangy, and spicy.

What can I serve with Carolina BBQ Sauce?

Carolina mustard BBQ sauce is especially delicious served over pulled pork on a bun. You can also spoon it over grilled pork chops, grilled chicken, or smoked pork ribs. 

Can you substitute white vinegar for apple cider vinegar?

White vinegar and apple cider vinegar are interchangeable, although the taste will be slightly different since apple cider vinegar is made from apples and is slightly more acidic.

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close up shot of Carolina mustard BBQ sauce in a mason jar with the sauce being picked up with a spoon

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

5 from 1 vote
This BBQ season, whip up this great recipe for Carolina mustard BBQ sauce. Rich and tangy, you will love this delicious sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 6 dashes hot sauce of your choice more or less depending on your desired level of heat

Slurry

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water room temperature

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water for slurry. Set it aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients except for the slurry.
  • Whisk until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Using a rubber spatula, pour the mixture into a small saucepan.
  • Whisk often while simmering, on low heat, for 3 minutes (or just until it starts to bubble). Do not overheat or boil.
  • Add your slurry mix to the sauce and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool. Once cool to touch, pour into a jar or container with a sealed lid.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • To serve, warm it up in a small pot and get eating!

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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