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Lexington Vinegar Sauce

Where do you stand in the great eastern North Carolina versus western North Carolina sauce fight? Folks in the eastern part of the state like a sauce that’s based on vinegar, while in the west they prefer a sauce that’s slightly sweeter and tinted red with ketchup.


Lexington Vinegar Sauce

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: 3-1/2 cups


  • 2-1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (preferably Crystal hot sauce)
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1-1/2 rub reserved from Lexington Pulled Pork Shoulder, or your favorite barbecue rub

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Combine the vinegar, ketchup,brown sugar, hot sauce, salt, hot red pepper flakes, black pepper, white pepper, and rub in a large nonreactive bowl with 1/2 cup of water. Whisk until the sugar and salt dissolve. Alternatively, place the ingredients in a large jar and shake to mix.

Step 2: Store in a jar in the refrigerator and the sauce will keep for several weeks. bring to room temperature before using

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