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Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

My Carolina mustard BBQ sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce that is delicious drizzled on your favorite smoked pork or chicken. It has a deep golden color and a sharp mustard flavor. It’s so good I guarantee you’ll be making batch after batch of this amazing sauce.

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce in a glass mason jar with text overlay - Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce.

What is Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce?

Carolina mustard BBQ sauce is a sauce made with mustard, vinegar, sweetener, and spices. It originated in South Carolina (hence the name), and it is a golden sauce perfect for all your grilled and smoked meats. Carolina style indicates it’s made with vinegar instead of the ketchup and molasses-based sauces popular in the mid and southwest.

Both North Carolina and South Carolina have their own BBQ sauce specific to their region, and South Carolina’s sauce is known for its use of mustard and vinegar which gives it its sharp taste and rich golden color.

The combo of the ingredients makes this sauce the perfect BBQ sauce for pork, chicken, beef, and more. It’s sweet, tangy, and sour, and can be adjusted to have just a bit of heat as well.

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

All BBQ sauces have a base that gives them their distinct flavor. The most popular type of modern BBQ sauce is ketchup based. Most BBQ sauces you’ll find in the grocery store are a combination of ketchup, vinegar, herbs, and spices. Alabama White Sauce is mayonnaise based, instead of tomato-based, which gives it a great creamy flavor profile.

But in South Carolina, their sauce is mustard based. Mustard-based BBQ sauces add an extra element to BBQ sauce that you don’t always get from the more “traditional” sauces. BBQ sauce needs to have that tangy, sweet, occasionally hot flavor to compliment the richness of the meat, and Carolina mustard sauce has all this and more.

If you haven’t yet tried Carolina mustard BBQ sauce, now is the time to give it a go. If you don’t have time to make this sauce from scratch, you can purchase a bottle of my Zesty Gold BBQ Sauce from the Hey Grill Hey Store instead!

Ingredients for Carolina mustard BBQ sauce in a saucepan.

Ingredients for Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

Most of the ingredients for this mustard BBQ sauce are ones you’ll already have in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need to make this Carolina mustard sauce:

  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Cholula, but you can use your favorite)

How to Make Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

Making your own Carolina mustard BBQ sauce doesn’t need to be a chore! Carolina style BBQ sauce is extremely easy to whip up, and you likely have most of the ingredients already in your fridge and pantry.

  1. Combine ingredients. Begin by gathering all ingredients and combining them in a small saucepan.
  2. Simmer. Allowing the flavors to cook and blend together for 5 minutes on low heat.
  3. Cool. Remove the saucepan from the stovetop and set aside. Allow the sauce to cool completely.
  4. Use and store. Use the sauce immediately, or transfer it into an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

When making my own sauces, I prefer to store them in these Wide Mouth Mason Jars to keep them fresh and tasting delicious. I love this sauce on pulled pork, burgers, ribs, and so much more!

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce in a glass mason jar.

More BBQ Sauce Recipes

Interested in recipes for more BBQ sauces from all over America? Check out more of my delicious BBQ sauce recipes:

Best Mustard BBQ Sauce Recipe

Let’s make something delicious! I’m all about helping you create the best BBQ possible for the people you love. If you want to see more of my recipes, tips, and behind-the-scenes action, follow along on my social channels. You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube!

This post was originally published in May 2019. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce in a glass mason jar.

Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

Susie Bulloch (
This Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce perfect for dipping or drizzled on your favorite grilled chicken or pork.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 10 mins
Servings : 24
Calories : 24kcal



  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Cholula)


  • Combine and simmer. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes. You don't want the sauce to boil or reduce, the heat is just to ensure the sugars melt and distribute evenly throughout the sauce.
  • Cool. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool.
  • Use or store. Use the sauce immediately, or transfer it to a lidded jar. This BBQ sauce will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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