South Carolina BBQ?
July 10, 2005 9:36 AM   Subscribe

BBQFilter: What's a good recipe for mustard-molasses South Carolina barbecue sauce?

It is always dangerous to wade into the realm of American barbecue, with its regional partisans and civil wars, but lately I've been having a craving for barbecue sauce based heavily on molasses or brown sugar and mustard; I'd prefer molasses. I believe this sauce is attributed to South Carolina, and I'd like any recipe you trust.
posted by willbaude to Food & Drink (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by roundrock at 1:22 PM on July 10, 2005

Here's one I've always liked.

3 Tb. canola oil
1 small, yellow onion (minced)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
3/4 C. american-style mustard
1/3 C. ketchup
1/4 C. dark brown sugar
1 C. vinegar
1/2 C. water
2 t. lemon zest (finely chopped)
salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute the onion until soft (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook a further 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients, and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
posted by barkingpumpkin at 1:38 PM on July 10, 2005

This is the Cook's Illustrated version of the vinegar and mustard sauce. It's pretty good on pulled pork. Their instructions are just "mix", but I've cooked it before and it's fine - it mellows some of the flavors a little (it'll also make everything in your kitchen smell like vinegar, so doing it outside is best):

1 c cider vinegar
6 tbsp mustard (dijon or otherwise)
2 tbsp maple syrup, honey, or molasses
4 tsp Worcestershire
1 tsp Tabasco
1 c vegetable oil
2 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
posted by milkrate at 6:50 PM on July 10, 2005

I'm from SC originally and I don't use molasses in mine but here is my recipe:
50 coarse cracked peppercorns
1/2 cup honey mustard
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 tbsp balsamic
1.25 tbsp whipped honey
1 tsp green pepper hot sauce
3 tsp chipotle hot sauce
1 roasted jalepeno cut very small
1/2 tsp - 2 tbsp of your favorite habenero hot sauce (to your tastes)
a dash of liquid smoke (if cooking the meat indoors)

mix well.
posted by smash at 6:43 PM on July 11, 2005

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