Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce

2 Oct

My family loves pulled pork in pretty much any combination–from plain oven roasted to smothered in some sort of “friendly sauce” and everything in between. I love it because it feeds the family and provides great leftovers for everyone’s lunch. My kids love it because it’s both yummy and “easy to chew.” Win. Win.

Ever since Leigh shared this incredibly easy and scrumptious way to make pulled pork, I always start there. My staple sauce is usually Son of Grok’s famous barbecue sauce, but this time I was out of tomato paste. After a bit of research, I learned about many types of barbecue sauce from different regions of the country. Since I just moved back to North Carolina, an Eastern Carolina barbecue sauce was in order! It turned out to be an easy meal that tasted like I slaved all day over it. Enjoy!


3/4 cup yellow mustard
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup white vinegar or water
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp liquid smoke
2 tsp raw honey

In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together mustard, and vinegars. Stir in spices, liquid smoke and honey. Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Pour over cooked pulled pork (mine nicely covered 2.5lb of pork tenderloin) and serve!

Happy Tuesday,


4 Responses to “Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce”

  1. the PRIME pursuit October 2, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Can’t wait to try this, Heather!! Miss you! Wish we could have afternoon coffee… so many changes, so little time.


  2. jonijimstar October 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Yea! I already have pulled pork on the menu for tomorrow, so I’ll just make this sauce too! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Wendy November 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Delicious! I loved it!



  1. Best Barbecue Sauce | the PRIME pursuit - September 30, 2013

    […] I recently served mine with beef brisket, but it’s ideal for so many dishes. Try it with simple pulled pork, fresh roast chicken, on burgers, as a sweet potato fries dip, or with ground beef for a new twist on spaghetti squash and meat sauce. If you prefer a vinegar based barbecue sauce, try our Eastern Carolina sauce. […]


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