Top 10 Vinegar Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Vinegar-based barbecue sauces come in a wide number of varieties and most people who use and love these sauces are pretty militant about how they should be prepared. Some come with tomato, others with mustard, some are spicy hot while others are not.

One thing for certain, a good vinegar barbecue sauce should give foods a tangy flavor. If you like that rich flavor then these are the sauces for you.

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    Barbecue Sauce In Container On Wooden Table
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    This is the traditional Barbecue Sauce from Piedmont Region, from the western half of the Carolinas. This region is pulled pork country and this barbecue sauce was made specifically for that smoky pork meat. While this sauce can and often is mixed in with the meat, it is more traditionally served on the side so that each person can add as much or as little as they wish.

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    Piedmont Barbecue Sauce
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    Traditional Southern Vinegar Sauces are thin and watery. This allows the meat (pork) to absorb the flavors without a heavy coating of sauce. This sauce gives the pork a buttery texture and a load of flavor. Classic in style, this vinegar sauce uses no tomato, making it very traditional.

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    Best Odds Pulled Pork Sauce
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    This pulled pork barbecue sauce can be basted on pork while it smokes, added when the pork is pulled. It adds that tart flavor that is perfect for smoked pork and is my best odds recipe for success.

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    Pulled pork barbecue sauce
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    Traditional pulled pork barbecue comes with the sauce on the side. You get the tartness of vinegar and a simple combination of flavors. If you want to kick up the heat of this sauce, add some extra cayenne.

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  • 05 of 10
    North Carolina BBQ Chicken Sauce
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    Want a quick and easy way to make barbecue? Substitute chicken for pork. It smokes faster and is quicker to pull. This barbecue sauce adds the perfect flavors to make smoked chicken into Carolina style barbecue.

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    Pulled pork sandwich
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    This recipe from the late Rev. Frank Purvis of Hassel, North Carolina is an excellent sauce for pulled pork. This recipe makes a large batch, but it keeps well in the refrigerator for several weeks.

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    Pork BBQ marinade
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    This vinegar-based barbecue sauce based on the recipe used at Wicker's BBQ in Missouri. The savory combination of spices makes this a perfect barbecue sauce for pulled pork or smoked chicken.

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    Robert Murch's Southern Barbecue Sauce
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    Robert Murch sent me this recipe for Southern Barbecue Sauce with a little of everything. By combining vinegar, mustard, and ketchup, this sauce is perfect for virtually anything that comes out of the smoker or off the grill.

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  • 09 of 10
    Grilled BBQ Chicken
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    This barbecue sauce from Cornell University's Farm Home Extension dates back to the 1950's. This sauce was designed to give chicken a kick and is the perfect barbecue sauce for any kind or chicken whether it is grilled or smoked.

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    Harrison Lee's Barbecue Sauce
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    Harrison's barbecue sauce relies heavily on the vinegar but adds in some mustard and tomato to make this the perfect sauce for everything. This sauce is spicy and ideal for the person who wants some "hot" barbecue.