Tangy Carolina Barbecue Sauce

This North Carolina BBQ Sauce recipe is tangy and full of flavor! We love slathering it on pulled pork or grilled chicken. You won’t be able to get enough of this barbecue sauce recipe.tangy carolina barbecue sauce recipePeople. I have a problem.

I want to dip all the things in all the things.

By which I mean, I want to dip every single food in every single type of condiment available.

If I have chicken strips, I must also have country gravy, ranch dressing, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and buffalo sauce.

If I eat french fries, I want a plate with little squirts of ketchup, dollops of mayo, blobs of spicy mustard, and a good amount of fry sauce.

I have condiment commitment issues, you guys. I should probably go to therapy for this.

Anyway, barbecue sauce is a condiment which means that I love it and want to have it’s babies.

So, I made up a batch of my favorite barbecue sauce recipe this week and thought I’d share the recipe.

I snagged it off the back of a bag of Lay’s barbecue chips a long time ago, doctored it up a bit, and it’s been a favorite ever since! I love the tangy flavor from all of the vinegar!

This vinegar based bbq sauce is absolutely perfection, my friends.

This North Carolina bbq sauce recipe is full of tangy flavor!

homemade barbecue sauce recipe

Tangy Carolina Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time undefined Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 mins
Serves 1 pint sauce     adjust servings


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce


  1. Dump everything into a medium saucepan set to low heat. Whisk together to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by 1/3.
  3. Remove from the heat and store in a one pint mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 654kcal Calories from fat 29
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 3159mg 132%
Carbohydrate 152g 51%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 124g
Protein 7g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g