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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 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:
Check out these other authentic SCBBQ recipes we’ve published on destination-bbq:
And we’ve published the following sauce recipes in the SCBBQ Recipes: Going Whole Hog cookbook
You can read more about that here.
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