Mustard Barbeque Sauce That's Tangy and Sweet

In South Carolina you find a tangy mustard barbeque sauce made of cider vinegar, yellow mustard, brown sugar and spices. It's easy to make, so there's no reason not to try it. 

South Carolina style mustard barbecue sauce, with yellow mustard and brown sugar

This sauce is good for all kinds of meat, but especially so for pork and chicken.  It can be basted it on late in the smoke, and also used as a table sauce.

There are many different recipes for mustard sauce.  Some are sweetened up with more sugar, while others back off on the sugar and let the vinegar and mustard bite cut through.  This mustard sauce recipe is a good compromise between sweet and tangy.

Sweet and Sour Mustard Barbeque Sauce

This tasty sauce recipe is made by combining:

  • 1/2 cup of prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup of cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar (dark)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (powdered)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

To mix the ingredients, I find it easiest to add everything to a small, tightly sealing jar, and shake the livin' daylights out of it! Not only do you get a great sauce with this recipe, but you also get a nice little workout!

This mustard-based barbecue sauce has a smooth consistency...the tartness of the vinegar is balanced by the brown sugar sweetness. This is my favorite of all the non-tomato based bbq sauces.

Occasionally I put this sauce together with an extra dose of cayenne pepper. One full teaspoon of the red powder gives this sauce an enjoyable level of heat! 

Mustard BBQ Sauce Is Great on Chicken!

Mustard Sauce Dripping Over a Smoked Chicken Breast

The flavor of this mustard-based sauce works very well with pork and chicken. Actually, I keep a squeeze bottle of it around for other stuff, like fish and meatloaf. I've even been known to dip my french fries in this one!

This barbecue sauce is good to baste with, but like other sauces with sugar, to prevent burning, it should only be used on the meat as it's finishing up on the smoker.

South Carolina style mustard barbeque sauce is a good all-around sauce. It might take some getting used to, but it'll grow on you if you give it half a chance!

Bowl of Mustard BBQ Sauce, And a Smoked Chicken Breast Drenched With Mustard Sauce, On a Plate With Lettuce, Tomatoes and Ribbons of Raw Carrot