Barbecue Sauce

I remember as a young child growing up in a great grilling/barbecue country in California, my dad would make his own barbecue sauce. His sauce was the best and couldn’t be matched by anything bought in a store back in the 1970s. Then when I came up with the idea to make my own sauce I asked my dad if he had that recipe. He promptly said he had forgotten after all these years. So what I’ve come up with here is a base recipe that I’ve added to to try and mimic the incredible sauce my dad used to make. I’m not sure its much like his but it certainly is a really good sauce anyway.

My other reason for wanting to make my own sauce is that I’ve always been notorious for bringing barbecue sauce camping with me. There is something about campfire cooking with barbecue sauce that I just love, maybe because flavors seem so much smokier cooked over a fire. An old friend once said that I was so addicted to it that it should be called “BobbiQue Sauce,” this name sticks to this day.

This Carolina style barbecue sauce is is my favorite style of barbecue sauce and works especially well with pork dishes. I’ve also used it with chicken but something about this sauce blends itself well with pork dishes. I decided to make a Carolina style because I really like the vinegar base flavor of it. I also really enjoy the mustard flavors that are prevalent in this sauce. The following recipe is my northern girl style of this classic barbecue. A couple of years ago I started making this barbecue sauce and looked into bottling it to sell at farmers markets. While this seemed like a fun idea, I gave up on it for various reasons but not without coming up with a couple of really good barbecue sauce recipes such as this one. Perhaps one day you will see it for sale on this site.

Carolina Barbecue Sauce

Delicious homemade Carolina style barbecue sauce.

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 318 kcal
Author Barbara Tidwell


  • 2 c cider vinegar (you can cut this in half if you prefer a less vinegary sauce
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp ground dry mustard
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 c dark brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 c water (cold)


  1. In a saucepan over a camp stove, mix cider vinegar, molasses, dry mustard, butter, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire and brown sugar over medium heat.

  2. Bring to a boil.

  3. In a cup, mix cornstarch thoroughly with water. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, stirring continually.

  4. Bring sauce back up to a simmer, remove from heat.

  5. Serve with your favorite barbecued pork, chicken or beef.