Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Vinegar Sauce

Recipe by Steven Raichlen

  • 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

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.


Use this sauce with the Smoked Suckling Pig recipe.