This is Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce—which has a bit more vinegar and gets the namesake, “gold” from tangy mustard. Ketchup or Mustard? I love a sweet red ketchup-based bbq sauce, but this Carolina Gold is so very good!
My family goes crazy about it. We love to spend time on the South Carolina beaches during the summer and that’s where we first fell in love with this sauce. The first time we had it was at a little gem of a restaurant in Charleston. Golden delicious!
Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce Recipe
Whatever your regional preferences—the best bbq sauces are complex—a little sweet, tangy, savory, and a little peppery heat. Great with pulled pork, shredded chicken, beef ribs, potato wedges—you name it. It only takes a few minutes to put together and it’s all done in one pot.
Try more of my favorite homemade sauces. I promise you won’t be disappointed: Awesome sauce, burger sauce, enchilada sauce (which takes 5 minutes to put together!), and last but not least my favorite bang bang sauce!
Whatever you grill, wherever you are—this sauce turns everything to gold.
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What Is Carolina Gold Flavor?
Mustard barbecue sauces tend to be much less sweet than their tomato-based cousins. This sauce is tangy, slightly sweet, and complex. Some recipes add a little tomato paste to add even more layers of flavor.
Is Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce spicy?
No, it’s tangy rather than spicy.
How To Use Carolina Gold Barbecue Sauce
This homemade bbq sauce is great on just about any grilled meat. I especially like it on fattier meats like pulled pork, grilled chicken wings or thighs, brats, and grilled salmon.
My hubs actually love it served on pulled rotisserie chicken! Now that makes dinner easy!
Ingredients You’ll Need For Mustard BBQ Sauce
- Yellow Mustard
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Brown Sugar
- Honey or Molasses
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Garlic Powder
- Black Pepper
- Onion Powder
How To Make Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce
- Measure. Measure all the ingredients
- Boil. Combine and bring to a boil.
The complete instructions are below.
Tips + Tricks
How To Store
Let the sauce cool completely and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. I like to store it in a Mason jar. I generally keep it for a week, but I’ve read it can last for a month. I haven’t been able to find any sites with empirical data to back that up though.
It’s very easy to make the sauce so no make-ahead preparation is needed. This can be refrigerated and used later.
Spice It Up: Add cayenne pepper to taste. I have just a little bit of Tabasco already in the recipe for balance. The amount I use doesn’t really add any heat. You could simply increase this to taste as well.
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Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco optional
- pinch of salt
- In a small saucepan stir together all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat immediately then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature.