North Carolina BBQ Sauce

1 Yields cup

This tangy barbecue sauce goes especially well with Pulled Pork.


  • 8 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add tomato paste, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne, and vinegar to pot, raise heat, and boil, whisking constantly, until sugar and salt dissolve, 1 minute.

  3. Remove from heat; whisk in lemon juice and hot sauce. Serve warm.

Cook's Notes

This BBQ sauce can be made up to two weeks ahead. Cool to room temperature, transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid, and store in the refrigerator.

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