Growing up in Virginia Beach, VA, just 30 minutes or so north of North Carolina, I grew up eating Eastern North Carolina style barbecue. You know – that smoky pulled pork that’s practically swimming in a spicy vinegar-based sauce that’s tart enough to make you squint your eyes the second it hits your tongue. Personally, as much as I love all the different styles of barbecue, a good pulled pork with this sauce is my absolute favorite.
Well, since moving to Georgia back in 2005, it’s been practically impossible to find a good vinegar-based BBQ sauce that’s even half as good as what we used to enjoy back home in Virginia.
Well, as they say, good things comes to those who wait and sure enough, after nine long years of trying to ween myself off the perfect spicy vinegar BBQ sauce that I grew up on, I came across a recipe on Kamado Guru for…drumroll please…Eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce.
Skeptical as always, I just so happened to have the ingredients on hand, so I quickly whipped a batch, gave it a good shake, closed my eyes, and gave it a sip (yes, I may or may not be known to periodically drink BBQ sauce).
Result? Near perfection! To my fellow North Carolina style BBQ aficionados, this stuff is the real deal. Throw a pork butt on the Kamado, drench it in this sauce, and thank me later.
The primary ingredient of this sauce is apple cider vinegar, so this is either one of those kind of “love it” or “hate it” type recipes. This sauce is definitely authentic Eastern North Carolina, so with that warning in place, be prepared for that vinegar kick when you taste this one for the first time!
As always, let me know what you think in the comments below!
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce (Chipotle Tabasco is fantastic if you have it!)
- Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously
- Store in refrigerator in a glass jar