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Vinegar Barbecue Sauce ( Carolina BBQ Sauce )

The BEST Vinegar Based BBQ Sauce recipe
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vinegar BBQ Sauce
Servings: 2 cups of sauce
Author: Marianne


  • 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Ketchup Heinz
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar light or dark
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 to three minutes,  stirring occasionally.  All sugar should dissolve.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.  Serve or store once cooled.


Warning! Boiling vinegar can get VERY aromatic! Avoid getting your face near the pan of boiling liquid, which is great advice regardless of what you're cooking.
Also, I like my sauce peppery and often up the black pepper by ½ teaspoon.  You can start with the basic 1 teaspoon and add more to taste once the sauce has cooled if you also like a more peppery sauce.