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Homemade Tangy BBQ Sauce

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This Homemade Tangy BBQ Sauce recipe pairs well with pulled pork, ribs, brisket or chicken.

Homemade tangy bbq sauce in jar

We just came back from an impromptu trip to my in-laws farm. While we were there, my mother-in-law made a delicious pulled pork recipe with a store bought Carolina BBQ Sauce. When we came back home, I wanted to try making a homemade version of the tangy barbecue sauce.

Homemade bbq sauce in jar in front of roasted pork shoulder

This homemade bbq sauce is not your typical sweet barbecue sauce (Kansas City style). It is a Carolina BBQ Sauce Recipe, made with vinegar, mustard and ketchup and it has a kick to it. If you prefer your barbecue to not be overly sweet, this is the sauce for you!

It only takes 10 minutes total to cook to make this recipe and I bet you already have all of the ingredients in your pantry ready to go, which makes this BBQ Sauce handy when you are in a pinch to come up with something for dinner or to remake a leftover.

I paired this homemade bbq sauce with a pork shoulder roast that I prepared in the pressure cooker over the weekend and it was a hit!

Both my husband and I are big fans of pulled pork. We are using the end of summer as an excuse to indulge in recipes that are finger licking good!

Pulled pork with homemade tangy BBQ sauce

Homemade Tangy BBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade Tangy BBQ Sauce

This Homemade Tangy BBQ Sauce recipe is a breeze to make and pairs well with pulled pork, brisket or chicken.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: condiments, sauces, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, based, bbq, delicious, sauce, sour, tangy, vinegar
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 105kcal


  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cups yellow mustard
  • 3 tsps garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


  • Add all ingredients into a sauce pan and whisk well.
  • Place saucepan on stove on high and stir the ingredients for about 6-8 minutes. The liquid will come to a boil and should be cooked for a couple minutes more to thicken the sauce.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool or add to your favorite recipe right away.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

What is the difference between Kansas City and Carolina BBQ Sauce?

In a nutshell, the Kansas City version is sweeter and more smokey, while the Carolina version of BBQ sauce is more acidic and hotter.

How long will it keep in the refrigerator?

In an airtight container, I’d say it keeps for a week to ten days in the fridge.

Have you ever tried making your own homemade tangy bbq sauce?

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