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Dec 20, 2010 05:29 AM

Recipe for South Carolina mustard barbecue sauce?

All of the online recipes I've found don't seem to have much of a pedigree- or originate from someone who knows what they're doing at all, really. So, vox populi, vox dei and all...

Does anyone have a trusted recipe for this? I have some SC relations coming up for Christmas and wanted to have some on hand as a treat.

I have looked for a store-bought sauce and come up empty.

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    1. re: chazzer

      I was looking more for family recipes or at least those that folks have tested and compared to the real deal. The internet is full of recipes and I can find them, the question is, which are worth a shit? Especially on the question of barbecue sauces there are a lot of online recipes which consist of Yankees throwing together random ingredients and Hoping. I know what a South Carolina barbecue sauce tastes like but I do not know what a good recipe for one looks like.

      1. re: Naco

        Read the reviews of the recipe and the reviews of the book it is from, the author is out of a well regarded BBQ joint out of GA. You can look at his NC recipe to see if it makes sense and then assume the SC one would be similar. I was unsure on the presence of ketchup in the recipe.

        1. re: chazzer

          I don't see that there is a recipe for an eastern NC sauce from that same book. The recipe for South Carolina sauce does seem odd, though. And the non-specific "Carolina" in the title is not encouraging.

          1. re: Naco

            I think we may still have some of maurices sauce left at home, if we do I will check the ingredients and see if there is either tomato or ketchup listed. BTW, his website and bottling has removed the southern identity issues that have caused him problems in the past.

            1. re: chazzer

              It was more the proportions that struck me as off. 3/4 cup of mustard and 1/4 cup of honey to 1/4 cup of vinegar? That seems way too thick.

              When did Maurice ditch the Confederate crap? The last time I was there was a few years ago, and it was still on display as far as I recall.

              1. re: Naco

                Don't know was at one of his places a few years ago too and it was there and on the website, it seems to be off the website now unsure about the restaurants.

    2. Johnny Harris makes a serviceable mustard-based sauce. It's in the local grocery stores and here;

      1. Carolina Treet makes a good South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce. I know i bought it at Bi-Lo in the Litchfield SC area recently. You can order it off of their website

        It is very easy to make. The last time I made it I started with 1 small onion grated very fine sauted in a little oil til very soft then added 1 cup yellow mustard, 1 cup cider vinegar then added brown sugar until I got it to my preferred sweetness level. A few dashes of wostershire, some cayenne for heat then simmer. I most likely added a few cloves of pressed garlic.

        Good luck!!

        1. I'm not looking to buy a store bought sauce. I live in eastern NC and no one sells it here, and it's too late to order online, as this is for an Xmas eve dinner.

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          1. re: Naco

            Sorry, I'm confused. When I read your original post and it said "I have looked for a store-bought sauce and come up empty", I thought you meant that a store-bought sauce was an option. The recipe I gave you was from an old friend that said it was his grandmothers from somewhere close to Blackstock, SC. Just try it. If you don't like it you have wasted about $3.00 and 20 min of your time, but it is as good or better than any I've had in SC.(Mustard Based)

            1. re: lutherben

              I would use a store bought sauce if I could find one, but I've already looked. I will try your recipe though, thanks. I'm going to try that one and the faux-Piggy Park recipe tonight.

                1. re: lutherben

                  I liked yours best. I am going to mess around with them both a bit more this evening.

                  1. re: Naco

                    I added beer one time and then let it reduce a little bit, pretty darn good!!

                    1. re: Naco


                      let us know what the final recipe is, would like to make

                      1. re: chazzer

                        I'm going to post a recipe ASAP. I wrote one down from a second batch we made, but misplaced it before I could post it. It's basically lutherben's recipe, with the addition of the rosemary from the Piggy Park recipe, which I think adds a lot. I may lose my North Carolina citizenship for this, but it's a really good sauce.

            2. Copy-Cat Maurice's Mustard Barbecue Sauce

              Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
              -------- ------------ --------------------------------
              4 cups apple cider (not vinegar)
              4 cups ball-park style mustard
              1 cup catsup
              4 ounces soy sauce
              2 tablespoons cayenne or hot paprika
              lots ground black pepper
              1/2 cup brown sugar -- packed
              2 tablespoons fresh rosemary -- crushed
              2 tablespoons onion powder
              3 teaspoons garlic powder

              Heat cider and add remaining ingredients. Simmer about 10 minutes until the sugar melts and flavors blend.

              "8 cups"
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              NOTES : The sauce is very yellow. Keeps well in the refrigerator. Use as a finishing sauce, as it burns easily.

              The label on the bottled Maurice's sauce lists the secret blend of ingredients as high quality mustard, apple cider, catsup, soy sauce, select peppers, sugar, herbs and spices. This recipe came from someone who had, by trial and error, come close to duplicating the Piggy Park sauce. Note that it does not contain added oil or butter, so makes a nice low-fat condiment.

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              1. re: magnolia

                Yes, this is the recipe I made first about 20 years ago - Piggie Park is iconic. And the sauce is really good.