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Carolina BBQ

Tangy, sweet and full of flavor, you will definitely want to try this Carolina BBQ sauce next time you make grilled chicken! This mustard based sauce goes great on chicken or pork and will happily surprise you if you have never tried this style of barbecue sauce before.

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What I love about Carolina BBQ

Mustard based barbecue sauces became popular in the Carolinas through the early German settlers, as mustard is a standard flavor in German cooking. This gold barbecue sauce is sweet like a honey mustard but has an amazing tang from the vinegar and a little kick from the hot sauce.

The predominant flavor of mustard is what I love most about this sauce. Barbecue sauce is absolutely one of my favorite condiments, but it this flavor really stands out. You could definitely add a bit more hot sauce if you are comfortable if spicy, but not everyone in our house is a big fan of spice.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make this Carolina gold barbecue sauce

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How to make Carolina BBQ sauce

You will want to start by measuring out your vinegar, whisking the 2 tablespoons of flour into the vinegar. Add all the ingredients into your large saucepan. Bring to a low boil and then reduce to a medium low heat.

Allow to simmer and thicken for about 10 minutes, or until the sauce reaches your desired thickness. You can pour it right into a mason jar to store, or use it right away. This makes about 4 cups so you will have plenty for whatever recipe you want to use it for. I used mine for some quick air fryer bbq chicken breasts and still had plenty left over.

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FAQs and tips on making Carolina bbq

What is different about Carolina BBQ sauce?

The difference between this sauce and what most people would consider traditional barbecue sauce is the mustard base. Most barbecue sauces are tomato or ketchup based, but this one goes with mustard!

What is the difference between Texas BBQ and Carolina BBQ?

It is popular in Texas to use a dry rub for barbecue rather than a sauce. Both are delicious!

Who invented Carolina style BBQ?

The mustard and vinegar based sauce became commercialized in the early 1900s, but the sauce dates back much further to German settlers in the Carolinas who love a good mustard.

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Carolina BBQ

  • Author: Theresa
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 ⅓ cups yellow mustard
  • ⅔ cup whole grain mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp flour


  1. Measure vinegar in a measuring jigger and whisk flour into vinegar.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients into a large saucepan.
  3. Whisk in vinegar and flour until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Cook on medium heat for 15 – 20 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  5. Pour into a small pitcher or mason jar.


If you like a little more spice, then feel free to add more hot sauce. I used Frank’s Red Hot, but did not want to make this too spicy so the whole family could enjoy it.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 192
  • Sugar: 40.3 g
  • Sodium: 915.7 mg
  • Fat: 0.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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