Chef John Folse's Vinegar Sauce
PREP TIME: 30 Minutes
MAKES: 3 Cups

Vinegar sauces have their roots in North Carolina. The state is divided in half according to the type of sauce being served. Eastern North Carolina is known for its straight vinegar sauces made simply with salt and various peppers, while western North Carolina adds a touch of tomato and sugar to their vinegar sauces to smooth out the taste.


  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Louisiana Gold hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring constantly to blend well. NOTE: Make sure that you make this sauce at least a day in advance so that all ingredients and flavors have time to mellow and meld together.

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