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Barbeque Sauce - A Very Special Recipe

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Southerners are funny about their bbq sauce.  Some prefer it sweet.  Some like a tomato base.  And the rest of us like it with a strong vinegar base.  This is a recipe that has been in our family for many years.  For the longest time, my step-father had it memorized, but finally put it on paper to share with others.  It is super simple to make, and because you make it in big batches; it lasts a long time in the fridge.  We use the barbecue sauce as a marinade for kabobs, chicken, or pork.  We also pour it over our traditional New Year's Day dinner.  If you like a vinegar based bbq sauce with a bit of a kick, this recipe is for you.


I will caution you though, simmering vinegar can be mistaken for bowling alley shoes.  So be sure to do this on a day when you can open the door.  Or at the very least, use your exhaust hood ;) and maybe burn a candle.  The funky odor doesn't last long and is well worth it.

Tapa's Special Sauce

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 8 oz.  mustard
  • 1/4 jar crushed red pepper
  • 1 small jar Texas Pete
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
 Combine all ingredients in pot and bring to a boil.  Simmer 15 minutes.


Once the sauce has cooled we pour it into a recycled beer growler.


We usually give it good shake before using because the ingredients tend to settle a bit.  Let me know if you try it.  Enjoy!

17 comments:

  1. Can't wait to try this! Love the description of how it smells...made me chuckle. :)

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  2. I am intrigued! There are no tomatoes to boil down in this. And we love Texas Pete around here. I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for posting it!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your family recipe. I LOVE a good vinegary BBQ sauce. I smell a pork butt in my future! :)

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  4. Oh take me back to my NC roots. I pinned this one. Always love to try a new Q sauce.

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  5. This is so different from the BBQ sauce we use - I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing, Rene!

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  6. I just got home from Lexington nc- that sure sounds like our kind of sause..

    I went over the items and sure enough, they are all here. I'll be making this when I cook on friday..

    thanks soooooooo much

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  7. So trying this!!! I can't wait. We are in a rut so this will be a welcome change. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Yum! Nothing better than an Eastern NC BBQ sauce. I love the storage container as well.

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  9. We LOVE a vinegar based BBQ sauce. We usually buy ours at the Piggly Wiggly, but I'm going to try your recipe soon. Thanks so much for sharing your family recipe.

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  10. Funny about the smell of vinegar simmering! This sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. As displaced southerner I'm always on the look out for a good bbq sauce! Look forward to trying it!
    -Lane

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  12. Definitely trying this! No sweet BBQ around here!

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  13. Oh my husband will love this! I am going to surprise him and make a batch! Sounds great! Thanks for sharing your family recipe Rene. I always try to make homemade gifts for my hubby's buddies for their birthdays and Christmas and this will be a fun one to give. Hope all is well with you Rene and that you're enjoying your summer.

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  14. My hubs will be all over this - the man loves his BBQ - charcoal of course. Thanks again :)

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  15. Have you tried canning this sauce?

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    1. No I haven't. It lasts several months in the fridge. Let me know if you try it.

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