Tomato-based barbecue sauces are the most dominant selling sauces on the market, but historically, South Carolinians have favored a different option.
South Carolina has 4 distinct regions where particular types of BBQ sauces have long been favored: vinegar-based, mustard-based, light tomato-based, and heavy tomato-based. See the map below:
Clearly, the smallest of these regions is the heavy tomato so much of the US seems to favor. I guess it is also true that SC has a history of standing up against the rest of the country.
Civil war allusions aside, tomato-based sauces do have their place in SC, and if you’re going to make your own at home, you might as well go to the master!
Here is a traditional tomato BBQ sauce recipe you can make at home sent in by Mike Sexton, SCBA District Chief, Marshall, and Master Judge.
Mike says it is one of the sauces he keeps in his fridge at all times. In fact, his youngest daughter, at the time a sophomore in high school, and made this sauce for her teachers as a Christmas gift, and it was quite the hit.
Mike got the recipe from champion BBQ king Myron Mixon, the “Lord of Q.”
We think you’ll enjoy it, too. Homemade Honey Hickory BBQ Sauce recipe:
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 cups ketchup
- 2 tablespoons sweet paprika, smoked
- 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons black pepper, freshly ground
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until combined.
- Pour into pot and heat over medium heat without boiling.
- Use hot or refrigerate for use later.
Myron Mixon is "The winningest man in barbecue." This is his basic formula for a hickory sauce. It is supposedly close to the one he uses in competitions. It lends zest to any meat, even hot dogs and hamburgers!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 32 Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 545mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g
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And we’ve published the following sauce recipes in the SCBBQ Recipes: Going Whole Hog cookbook
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Sauces and Rubs:
- Jay Phillips’ Whole Hog Sauce Recipe
- Dad’s Mop Sauce Recipe
- Eastern SC Vinegar-Pepper Sauce Recipe
- Moore Family’s Little Fisher Hog Sauce Recipe
- Lowcountry Vinegar Sauce Recipe
- Swig & Swine’s Mustard BBQ Sauce Recipe
- Dukes BBQ-Style Sauce Recipe
- Dukes BBQ Sauce – “Actual Recipe”
- Simple South Carolina Mustard Sauce Recipe
- Bessinger’s-Style Gold Sauce Recipe
- John Padgett’s Kansas City BBQ Sauce Recipe
- Honey-Hickory Barbecue Sauce Recipe
- Bullies BBQs Thin Basting Sauce Recipe
- Cherrywood Signature BBQ Sauce Recipe
- “Carolina Red” Light Tomato Barbecue Sauce Recipe
- Basic Tomato Barbecue Sauce Recipe
- Home Team BBQ Alabama White Sauce Recipe
- Moe’s Original BBQ’s Alabama White Sauce Recipe
- Brisket Mojo Sauce Recipe
- Roller Family Hot Sauce Recipe
- Salsa Verde with Avocado for Pulled Pork Recipe
- Sticky Fingers’ Basic Dry Rub Recipe
- JB’s Smokeshack-Style Spicy Dry Rub Recipe
- Sticky Fingers’ Texas Rub Recipe
- BlackJack Barbecue Dry Rub Recipe
- Sticky Fingers’ Sweet Rib Rub Recipe
- Home Team BBQ Dry Rub Recipe for Chicken Wings Recipe
- John Lewis BBQ-Style Brisket Dry Rub Recipe