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Cookin' ATVS Style: A Simple Carolina Barbecue Sauce

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If you're tired of your usual #sauces, here's a new sauce for you to try.

Hello folks, Junior Chef Zach here. There's been a lot of talk about sauces lately, especially anonymous ones. Have you been searching for a new one to jazz up your barbecue? You haven't? Hey, no need to get all defensive about it. This easily made, yet flavorful barbecue sauce will satiate even the biggest sauce hunter. Please bear with this recipe as it's an early draftee that could benefit from another year (or so) of seasoning and experimenting. While different from most ketchup-based sauces (the chief ingredient is vinegar), it's a nice change of pace from the norm if you like something with a different flavor.

What you'll need (I used this recipe on About dot com as my base):

  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Hot Sauce to Taste (I like Tabasco)

Honestly, it's all as simple as putting all of the ingredients into a bowl and mixing well with a whisk. Put the entire thing in your refrigerator and let it sit for a few days. For what it's worth, I usually make a double batch. Prepping this sauce takes a least a week, simply so the flavors can mix. It should look like the picture below.

Sauce

If you coordinate your efforts, you can have the sauce ready far in advance of your next barbecue!