Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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This delicious Carolina mustard barbecue sauce is a sweet and spice barbecue sauce that works well with chicken or pork.

If you like sweet, spicy sauces, this is definitely the barbecue sauce for you!

A jar of Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce with a spoon just dipped in over the top.

What Is Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce?

Mustard in barbecue sauce? Oh, yes! This Carolina mustard barbecue sauce recipe is my most delicious barbecue sauce recipe yet!

If you are used to tomato based barbecue sauce, you aren’t alone. Most folks don’t think about mustard when they think of barbecue sauce. But I’m here to tell you, it’s fabulous.

History

Interestingly enough, this sauce is not technically an American sauce, although it was traced back to German settlers in the 18th century here in the States. Germany love their mustard to this day. The 18th century was no different.

What Does Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce Taste Like?

It’s pretty spice and simultaneously sweet. Almost like a spicy honey mustard dressing with a hint of chipotle.

All the ingredients for this Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce Recipe, in a white mixing bowl, waiting to be whisked together.

What You’ll Need

1 cup yellow mustard – Look for mustard without any added sugar. Many brands add sugar.

½ cup maple syrup – Use the real stuff. Substitutes will make this sauce somewhat lackluster.

2 tbsp. coconut sugar – You can also use Sucanat or Monk fruit. Any granular sweetener you usually use will work here.

½ cup apple cider vinegar – Don’t substitute with a different type of vinegar. Apple cider vinegar really makes the sauce.

1 tsp. ground chipotle powder – While this does add a fair amount of spice, it won’t overpower the sauce. The flavor is mild and well balanced.

1 tbsp. tomato paste – Use tomato paste without any sugar added.

1 tsp. coconut aminos – You can also use soy sauce if you prefer.

1 tbsp. garlic powder – Garlic granules work well too.

1 tsp. ground black pepper – White pepper will work too. Use what you have. If you are worried about the amount of spice, cut the pepper in half or omit it completely.

¼ tsp. salt – I used pink Himalayan salt, but use whatever salt you normally cook with.

The just whisked Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce in a white mixing bowl.

How To Make Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Whisk all ingredients together. Adjust salt and sweetener to your liking.

Transfer to a storage container or bottle.

What Do You Use Carolina Mustard BBQ On?

The best meats for this homemade barbecue sauce are chicken and pork. Both are equally delicious.

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Best Mustard Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Recipe adapted from Chili Pepper Madness.

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A jar of Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce with a spoon just dipped in over the top.

Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Delicious mustard based barbecue sauce for chicken or pork.
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American, German
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 109kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. coconut sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground chipotle powder
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together. Adjust salt and sweetener to your liking.
    All the ingredients for this Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce Recipe, in a white mixing bowl, waiting to be whisked together.
  • Transfer to a storage container or bottle.
    The finished Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce Recipe in a canning jar.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.33cup. | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    One of my goals for 2021 is to learn how to cook better! I am a health coach/Personal Trainer and I figure it is high time to learn how to cook and looking at this recipe it looks like it might be a great place to start in the “Sauce Dept” since it is summer I want to do some grillin’! Thanks for the recipe and I will let you know how it goes! 🙂

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