Episode 212: The Big Smoke

Vinegar Sauce

BBQ Sauce

This Vinegar Sauce recipe is a versatile and zesty addition to your culinary repertoire, perfect for adding a tangy kick to various dishes. With a simple blend of distilled white vinegar, water, hot sauce, brown sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper, this sauce strikes a harmonious balance between acidity and sweetness. Whisked together until the sugar and salt dissolve, this piquant sauce can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. Whether you’re drizzling it over succulent pork, tossing it with slaw, or serving it as a flavorful dip on the side, this vinegar sauce is sure to elevate your meals with its vibrant flavors.

Vinegar Sauce Recipe


Vinegar Sauce

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes 3 cups (enough for pork, slaw, and serving)


  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (like Crystal)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or to taste)
  • 4 teaspoons coarse salt (kosher or sea), or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Combine the vinegar, water, hot sauce, sugar, salt, hot red pepper flakes, and pepper in a bowl and whisk until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Correct the seasoning, adding sugar or salt to taste: the sauce should be piquant but not too sour.

Step 2: Set aside 1 cup sauce for the Vinegar Slaw. Save 1 or so cups for the pork and serve the remaining sauce on the side.

Recipe Tips

Use this sauce with the Smoked Suckling Pig recipe.