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Piedmont Barbecue Sauce

Piedmont Barbecue Sauce

Piedmont barbecue sauce was born out of the Carolinas, and is served at the table with smoked pulled pork or pulled chicken. This sauce is not like other barbecue sauces as it is quite thin and relies heavily on vinegar and other delicious ingredients. So if you're expecting a sweet sauce, this is not the one. Tart with a tad of spice, this sauce marries well with smoked foods, and really adds an extra kick to sandwiches.
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American BBQ
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 2 Cups


  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice for a less sweet sauce, use water instead of apple juice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes adjust to your liking
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt


  • In a large saucepan, simmer ingredients over medium heat for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for another 6-7 minutes. Try not to rush the cooking process by turning up the heat. Hot vinegar and hot sauce together can produce some powerful fumes that will knock you off your feet. Better to simmer over low temps.
  • Remove sauce from heat and let cool thoroughly (about an hour). Use as indicated in introduction.
  • To improve the sauce, make it 24 hours in advance and store in the refrigerator. Reheat for 30 -45 seconds in microwave before using. This extra time will allow the flavors of the sauce to mesh well..