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South Carolina’s Best Mustard-Based BBQ Sauce Recipe

South Carolina’s Best Mustard-Based BBQ Sauce Recipe

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This is our family’s go-to mustard-based BBQ sauce recipe.

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 BBQ sauces seem to love this one.

We think you will, too.  Enjoy South Carolina’s Best Mustard-Based BBQ Sauce Recipe:

South Carolina's Best Homemade Mustard-Based BBQ Sauce Recipe

South Carolina's Best Mustard-Based BBQ Sauce Recipe

Yield: 20 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

My family's personal mustard barbecue sauce recipe, loved by even those who don't think they like mustard-based BBQ.


  • 1 cup prepared yellow mustard, French's
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup apple 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 in a large saucepan.
  2. Simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes. Vinegar taste may be very strong until completely cooled.
  4. Refrigerating overnight is best and allows flavors to blend.
  5. Add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce at the end if additional heat is desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

Want More Authentic SC BBQ Recipes?

Check out our SC BBQ Cookbook. Complete with over 150 pages of recipes from generations-old family cookbooks and today's top pitmasters.

If you enjoyed our family recipe, check out these other authentic SCBBQ recipes we’ve published on destination-bbq:

Eastern SC Vinegar-Based Sauce Recipe

Home Team BBQ’s Alabama White Sauce Recipe

And we’ve published the following sauce recipes in the SCBBQ Recipes: Going Whole Hog cookbook 

You can read more about that here.

Sauces and Rubs:

Vinegar-Pepper Sauces
Mustard Sauces
Tomato-Based Sauces
Other Sauces
  • 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


Learn More About Our SCBBQ Cookbook




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