Carolina style sauce/mop

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Master of the Pit
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OTBS Member
May 5, 2007
Here's a vinegar based sauce/mop I've been using with my pulled pork. I normally double this recipe, reserving about half of it for the finishing sauce. During the smoke, I mop the meat about every hour. Then, after the meat is pulled, I add some to the final product. Serve with sauce on the side.

1 tbs fresh ground black pepper
2 tbs dark molasses
1 cup water
2 tbs kosher salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup straight bourbon whiskey
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
2-4 chipotle or japaleno peppers
1 tbs crushed red pepper flakes

Add all ingredients in a sauce pan and heat until molasses and salt are dissolved. All ingredients are of course, adjustable.

No problem!

This sauce is good as is, but playing with the amounts is always an option...
Hey Hawg,
That sounds really good and I'm definitely going to give it a try. Also, you might want to look at Florida Jeff's finishing sauce. I think it has been make into a sticky. It's great stuff and I use it as you recommend for your sauce. You might give it a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Thanks for posting that Hawg, I'll have to try that on my next butt. Just by looking at the ingredients it looks like it might have a little bite. I'm a little wimpy when it comes to spicy kind of hot, would it be wise to back of on some of the hotter ingredients for me?

Thanks again!
Yes indeed, I adjust according to my audience.

If I'm feeding kids and some folks who don't like heat, I'll make a batch with hardly any or no heat, along with a batch with heat, and mop with apple juice. Then when served, the audience has a choice of sauces.
That loks like a nice mop Hawg - I'm gonna have to try it. I never had so much booze in my house until I started smoking meat - go figure!
That looks good, i've been wanting to try a vinegar sauce lately.

Debi, i know the feeling ,the folks at the whiskey shop think i'm a alky, i tell them it's for Q'en, then they tell me to lay of the sauce, ain't that what it's for i tell'em.
LOL! Yeah, I know what you mean... the guy at the liquor store really likes me since I started this smokin' thing!
...Ain't that the way of it though?...They'll NEVER understand until they get bitten by the 'Smokin Bug'!!...

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