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South Carolina Yellow BBQ Sauce

This sauce is full of tangy flavor, but it's not overpowering at all. Toss shredded chicken or pork in this for a quick barbecue sandwich or brush it on chicken while grilling. This makes about 2 cups of sauce.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 124kcal


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Melt the butter over low heat in a medium saucepan.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and cook, whisking occasionally, over low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.


We use the classic American style yellow mustard in this recipe.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg