Vinegar Based Barbecue Sauce

Vinegar based barbecue sauce has its home in North Carolina. Of course its popularity has spread all across the country. So hopefully everyone has had a chance to try it (unless they are so deep into another style that no other is allowed in).

Have you ever had pulled pork and wondered how in the world they ever got it to taste that good? Naturally the quality of the meat, and how expertly it was smoked, had something to do with it. But, the finishing touch and the final balance of flavors probably came from a vinegar based barbecue sauce (like this one).

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1 c cider vinegar
1/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix all ingredients together and let stand for at least 4 hours for full flavor. If you don't like the stronger flavor of cider vinegar, replace it with white vinegar. Or, maybe, add another cup of white vinegar to the cider vinegar and double everything else.

Here is another form of vinegar based sauce that has a little different spin to it.

1 1/2 c cider vinegar
1 Tbl chili powder
1 Tbl brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp cumin

Again, with this one, mix it together and let it set for a few hours for flavor infusion. As you know, you can adjust the seasonings and the amounts of either recipe to suit your taste.

Both of these can be used as a mop or basting sauce, as well as the finishing sauce.

This North Carolina type of vinegar based barbecue sauce goes perfect with pulled pork. Please remember, though, you can make these match your own taste by changing, adding or deleting ingredients.

* To make it less spicy, decrease the cayenne or red pepper flakes.

* To make it sweeter, add some honey, molasses, or more brown sugar.

* Thicken it by adding a little ketchup or mustard or molasses.

* Thin it by adding more vinegar, some wine, or a little water.

You know how it works. Work with it in small batches, and get it the way you like it. Record it somewhere so you can duplicate your efforts. Go get you another drink and let's get started.


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