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Old Time Eastern North Carolina Barbecue Sauce

(recipe, John Shelton Reed, Dale Volberg Reed, William McKinney)


Eastern-style sauce started out simple, and it still is. Here's a recipe from the North Carolina Pork Council that isn't much different from Thomas Jefferson's pepper sauce.


  1. 1 gal. cider vinegar
  2. 1⅓ cups crushed red pepper
  3. 2 Tbsp. black pepper
  4. ¼ cup salt


  1. Mix the ingredients and let stand for at least 4 hours. This one doesn’t even need refrigeration.