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The Best SC Mustard-Based BBQ Sauce Recipe

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The Best South Carolina Mustard-Based Barbecue Sauce
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World's Best SC Mustard-Based BBQ Sauce

Like most recipes, we didn't make this one up.  Heather found it somewhere years ago, but we have made it so much that we consider it our own.  Someone else deserves the credit, but we're happy to think of it as our family sauce.  We give it (and "our" rub) as gifts to friends and family around the holidays.  And it is a staple at our annual pig pickin' every Christmas Eve.  Even people who profess to hate mustard sauces seem to love this one. We think you will, too.  Enjoy.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 cup     prepared yellow mustard
  • ½ cup     sugar
  • ¼ cup     light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup     cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup     water
  • 2 tablespoons     chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon     black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon     white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon     cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon     soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons     butter
  • 1 tablespoon     liquid smoke hickory flavoring


  1. Mix together all the ingredients except the butter, soy sauce, and liquid smoke. Simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes. Vinegar taste may be very strong until completely cooled.
  3. Refrigerating overnight is best and allows flavors to blend.
  4. Add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce (we make our own) at the end if additional heat is desired.



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