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Vinegar BBQ sauce on a spoon.

Vinegar BBQ Sauce (North Carolina Style)

This is the most delicious condiment when it comes to pulled pork! Easy to make, this vinegar BBQ sauce is tangy and sweet, and the only way you'll eat your pulled pork when in North Carolina.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ sauce with vinegar, North Carolina BBQ sauce, tangy homemade bbq sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 157kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Add ingredients in a medium-sized pot and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Serve and enjoy.


  • Simmer the sauce, but don't boil it.
  • If making ahead of time, let the sauce cool completely before storing.
  • The spices will settle to the bottom as it sits. You should shake it up every time you use it.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1588mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg