Steve’s East Carolina Barbecue Sauce

The hubby, Steve, has mastered the East Carolina Barbecue Sauce.

I guarantee it will take your pulled pork sandwich to a whole new level!


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dark molasses
  • 1 tablespoon ground dry mustard
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons of cold water


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix apple cider vinegar, molasses, dry mustard, butter, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Mix the cornstarch with 4 teaspoons of cold water (cornstarch always blends better with cold liquids) until smooth and no clumps present. Slowly add the cornstarch mix to the saucepan and simmer for 1 minute. The sauce will thicken a little but a true East Carolina Barbecue Sauce is meant to be mostly thin. Pour sauce in a squeezable bottle and drizzle over your pulled pork sandwich (or spoon sauce over your sandwich like we did). Any remainder sauce can be kept in the fridge for a few days but to be honest it never lasts that long for us, lol. I will have to post how we cook our super moist pulled pork in the near future. We hope you enjoy Steve’s East Carolina Barbecue Sauce! After experiencing this flavor explosion, you won’t want to buy another bland bottle of barbecue sauce for your pulled pork ever again!

Adapted from All Recipes.


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