Carolina Spicy BBQ Sauce

Spicy Carolina BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce is like pizza. There are different styles from different regions of the country. Some people like only one style and there are other people, like me, who enjoy all the varieties for their unique flavor. When most people think BBQ sauce they imagine a dark burgundy colored sauce, this isn’t the case in the Carolinas. Tomatoes are not the main source of color and flavor here. My take on the sauce is based mostly in mustard and honey. The combinations of flavors and ingredients are heavily inspired by the flavors of BBQ in the Carolinas. I often vacationed there as a child so their flavors hold a special place on my palette.

This sauce is great with chopped or pulled pork, brisket, chicken and almost anything else you cook on the grill or smoker. My favorite combination is with pulled pork and coleslaw on a pretzel bun. My version uses Bushwick Kitchen’s Bees Knees Spicy Honey for an extra kick. If you want a sauce with less heat just sub a ¼ cup of regular honey for the spicy.

This is a quick and easy recipe to make. Feel free to modify the amount of each ingredient to your own liking. I enjoy this combination and get lots of good feedback but at the end of the day make what you enjoy.

Spicy Carolina BBQ Sauce

4 from 8 votes
Recipe by Brad Course: Sauces and Rubs


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  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard

  • 1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard

  • 1/4 Cup Stone Ground Mustard

  • 1/4 Cup Spicy Honey

  • 1/4 Cup Honey

  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 2 TBS Ketchup

  • 2 TBS Hienz 57

  • 2 TSP Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1 TSP Garlic Powder

  • 1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper

  • 3/4 TSP Salt


  • Whisk ingredients together in sauce pan.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer and whisk occasionally for 15-20 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer to jar or condiment bottle for storage. Add to your BBQ and enjoy.


  • If you are not after a spicy BBQ sauce use regular honey in place of the spicy honey.

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