Being originally from Michigan, and residing the past 20 years in northern Indiana, I have pretty much grown up on KC style bbq. Sweet, a little spicy, and red.
Last week I was in the local bbq joint, and decided to try the "Carolina" style sauce. It changed my life. But to be honest, I really liked that mixed with the their regular (more of a KC style sauce). So the past couple days, I've been researching and began trying to knock off the restaurant's Carolina style sauce.
The sauce is not thin as water, but quite a bit thinner than the sauces I'm used to. It's got a great tangy vinegar flavor a nice sweetness with a pleasant heat on the back end. There are also a few red pepper flakes in the mix. It's so good, I could about drink it :) I could probably purchase the sauce, but when it comes to smoking meats, I really want to develop my own recipes. As a basis for the recipe, I found the following recipe here: (http://www.meatwave.com/blog/barbecue-sauce-recipe-north-carolina-vinegar-sauce)
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Texas Pete's
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
It's way too vinegar-ie, the hot sauce doesn't have the right flavor, it's not sweet enough, and missing the back heat.
I added 2/3 cup ketchup, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper. Overall it was a lot better, but still too much vinegar.
Eventually, I'd like to also create a KC style sauce, and mix the two into a type of a fusion sauce :)