Ditch your standard BBQ sauce and whip up a batch of this easy to make, spicy, & flavorful Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce next time you fire up the grill.
We’re actually having a spectacular day here in Oregon. The sun has been shining since daybreak and I expect it will continue to be this lovely until dusk. Now, I didn’t want to make anyone jealous by talking about our fabulous weather so I just took a peek at the national weather satellite and it looks like the entire country is enjoying some pretty decent weather. Being the food lover that I am, the second the sun starts to shine and I can feel its warmth on my skin, all I want to do is fire up the grill. My husband and kids are all burger, hot dog, and grilled sandwich monsters. If I used that grill every single night to cook our dinner, they would be happy campers. The first step to an outstanding barbecued meal is flavorful, good quality meat that is cooked to perfection. The second, and arguably just as important, step is to serve it up with an outstanding sauce. I knew I was going to grill up some pulled pork on the smoker and wanted to make an outstanding sauce that was equally as tasty. The cast of characters are shown below – mustard (of course), apple cider vinegar, honey, brown sugar, garlic powder – but I put a few more key ingredients in to really kick up the flavor.
All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in an airtight container, give it a good stir to mix everything up, and then let it chill in the refrigerator overnight to really let the flavors combine. It literally takes only a few minutes to throw together. No slaving over the stove for this recipe like you do with other BBQ sauces that you cook on the stove. Wanna know what the secret ingredients are and are too impatient to scroll all the way down to the recipe? Okay, okay, I’ll tell you. Throw in some ketchup (because its almost wrong to eat mustard without ketchup), some Worcestershire sauce, and… get ready for it… chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. The final barbecue sauce has just the right amount of spice to match up with the tang.
I know, its weird to use a barbecue sauce that isn’t red. Once you taste it, however, you may never go back.
When you’re ready to serve up the Carolina mustard barbecue sauce, just warm it up on the stove and smother that grilled meat. Mercy. This beautiful pouring job was compliments of my daughter. She is an excellent pourer. There are so many fantastic side dishes that would go so well with this meal. I made up some Grandma’s potato salad and some angel hair cole slaw. YUM!
So… this post was originally written on April 16, 2015. Over two years later, I recreated the recipe so that I could make a video, because after all, videos are all the rage nowadays. Anyhoo, this time I smothered my baby back ribs with this stuff and it was amazing.
Watch how I make it here!
- 1 cup yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo, minced
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ground black pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredients well.
- For best results, refrigerate in an airtight container overnight to allow the flavors to develop.
- To serve, warm in a pot over very low heat and use on grilled meats like pulled pork or chicken.