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Tangy Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce is bursting with flavor. This golden sauce is a mustard-based barbecue sauce with sweetness thanks to honey and brown sugar, and best of all, it cooks up in just 10 minutes!
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Down here in the South we take our barbecue very seriously. Whether we are smoking pork ribs or slow-cooking pulled pork, it’s not just a meal, it’s a passion!
Along with that passion come some very strong opinions about barbecue sauce as well. Maybe it’s my South Carolina roots, but for me, Carolina gold barbecue sauce is far and away my personal favorite, followed closely behind by eastern North Carolina vinegar BBQ sauce.
There’s something about the tangy flavor that just wins me over more traditional sauces made with tomato sauce like honey BBQ or bourbon BBQ sauce or even that wild child Alabama white sauce!
You can purchase Carolina mustard BBQ sauce in many grocery stores in the south, my favorite brand is Sticky Fingers (affiliate link), but it’s also very easy to make your own homemade BBQ sauce as well.
Where did Carolina Gold Sauce originate?
According to the SC Barbecue Association, the South Carolina colony heavily recruited German immigrants in the mid-1700s. As the Germans settled in central South Carolina they brought with them their love of mustard! This led to the mustard-based BBQ sauce we all know and love today.
Why I love this recipe
- 10 minutes of prep: mix, simmer, cool, and serve!
- it is great as a marinade, dipping sauce, or BBQ sauce
- it has the perfect balance of tangy flavor, sweetness, and a hint of heat
- it tastes delicious with pork, brisket, chicken, or even seafood
You only need a few simple ingredients to make this easy recipe, all pantry staples.
- yellow mustard – no brown mustard or honey mustard here, go with the classic yellow mustard
- brown sugar
- apple cider vinegar
- Worcestershire sauce
- spices – garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (optional for heat)
Step by step
- Whisk the ingredients together in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
- Allow the sauce to cool and enjoy!
The possibilities for this sauce are truly endless. Use as a traditional bbq sauce with chicken wings, beef brisket, pork butt, on a pulled pork sandwich with crunchy coleslaw, it’s great on almost any type of meat.
Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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