Carolina BBQ Sauce

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Get ready to elevate your grilling game with this mouthwatering homemade Carolina BBQ sauce! It’s the perfect blend of tangy, sweet, and savory flavors, thanks to a harmonious combination of mustard, honey, and an array of spices. Whether you’re firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue or smoking some meats, this Carolina BBQ sauce is your secret weapon to add a burst of flavor to your dishes.

Why You’ll Love Carolina BBQ Sauce

  • Versatility: This BBQ sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used as a marinade, basting sauce, or dipping sauce. It complements a wide range of proteins, from chicken and pork to beef and even grilled veggies.
  • Homemade Goodness: There’s something special about making your own BBQ sauce. With simple ingredients and a quick preparation time, you can enjoy the satisfaction of creating a condiment that beats store-bought alternatives.
  • Flavor Explosion: The combination of yellow mustard, honey, garlic, and spices creates a flavor profile that’s both bold and balanced. It’s not too spicy, not too sweet—just the perfect blend.
  • Perfect for Grilling: Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a beginner, this homemade sauce is a game-changer. Brush it onto your meats while grilling or use it as a finishing touch for a burst of flavor that will impress everyone at your barbecue.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: BBQ sauce is a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. Whether you’re hosting a family cookout, tailgate party, or casual dinner, this sauce adds that extra touch that makes your dishes stand out.

What You Need To Make Carolina BBQ Sauce

  • Bowl
  • Small stockpot
  • Stirring spoon
  • Measuring cups/spoons

Ingredients You Need To Make Carolina BBQ Sauce

  • Woebers Yellow Mustard
  • Honey
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar

How To Make Carolina BBQ Sauce

  1. In a bowl, thoroughly combine all the ingredients.
  2. Pour the mixture into a small stockpot and place it over medium-low heat.
  3. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Set the sauce aside to cool.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I adjust the spice level of the BBQ sauce?

Absolutely! Feel free to tweak the amount of garlic powder or add a dash of hot sauce if you prefer a spicier kick.

How long can I store this sauce? 

Once cooled, transfer the sauce to an airtight container and refrigerate. It should stay fresh for up to two weeks.

Can I use this BBQ sauce for vegetarian dishes? 

Yes! This sauce is fantastic for marinating and grilling vegetables, giving them a delightful smoky flavor.

Can I freeze the sauce for later use? 

Certainly! Freeze the sauce in ice cube trays for convenient portions that can be thawed as needed.

What does this sauce pair well with?

We love using this BBQ Sauce with our cornflake chicken tenders!

Carolina BBQ Sauce

This homemade BBQ sauce is a perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and savory flavors, combining mustard, honey, and spices to create a versatile condiment that elevates any grilled or smoked dish with its delicious and unique taste profile
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 58kcal


  • Bowl
  • Small stockpot
  • Stirring spoon
  • Measuring cups/spoon


  • 1 cup Woebers Yellow Mustard
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Pour the mixture into a small stockpot and place it over medium-low heat.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Set the sauce aside to cool.


Makes 1 3/4 cups of BBQ sauce.


Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Elevate your barbecue experience with a touch of homemade goodness that will have everyone asking for your secret recipe. Get ready to impress your friends and family with the unbeatable flavor of this BBQ sauce, turning every meal into a memorable occasion.

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