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North Carolina BBQ Sauce

This twist on a vinegar-based North Carolina BBQ sauce adds ketchup, sugar and spice for a more mellow take on a zingy classic.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Johan Johansen


  • 250 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 200 ml Heinz ketchup
  • 50 ml apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Turn on the fan and keep your head away from the pan, there’s a lot of vinegar action going on and the fumes *will* knock you over.
  3. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes or until well blended and slightly thickened.
  4. Use immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for upwards of two weeks.

Recipe Notes

For a thicker, sweeter sauce, continue cooking until desired thickness is reached. Careful, though, ketchup is high on sugar and might burn if you're not careful.