Carolina BBQ Gold Sauce

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by BeachGirl

A slightly sweet, mustard-based barbecue sauce popular in South Carolina for use when grilling or roasting chicken and pork. Recipe is for a mild version - with an optional Hot version. If you like really browned chicken, start basting early; otherwise, baste frequently after the first 30 minutes of grilling. For crockpot BBQ, add 1 cup of sauce the crockpot with Boston butt, and cook until very tender. Remove and discard excess fat from pork. Chop or shred pork, place in buns, and serve with extra sauce.(serving=1/4 cup)

Top Review by jp mims

This is a really good sauce for bbq. I've used it too many times to count. I have subed some brown sugar for the white sugar when I didn't have molasses. My son loves this sauce. This makes a good bit of sauce, sometimes I put some in a separate container and make it hot! I injected some into a boston butt and have it cooking in the oven now. It smells soooo goood! Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In saucepan, whisk together all dry ingredients.
  2. Add mustard, tomato paste, and molasses.
  3. Slowly add vinegar, whisking till blended.
  4. Add water and whisk to blend.
  5. Heat over medium-low heat till hot; lower to simmer and simmer 30-45 minutes.
  6. Cool, then pour into glass bottle or other non-reactive container.
  7. Refrigerate, if desired.
  8. Our favorite way to use this sauce (1) poured over chopped pork on buns or (2) to baste bone-in chicken when grilling.
  9. The sooner you baste, the more browned the chicken gets, and we like it browned and charred (not burned), so we baste early and frequently.

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