How to Make South Carolina Gold Sauce

carolina gold sauce

Carolina Gold Sauce is a mustard based barbecue sauce that comes from certain areas of South Carolina that had an influx of German immigrants in the past - which figures as it's 90% mustard. I can't think of a sauce quite like it from any other place, and it's certainly a favorite of mine.

Carolina Gold Sauce recipe

As it's a mustard based barbecue sauce, you might think it would be a bit sharp. There's a lot of mustard in there - but the other ingredients, plus the fact that it's a prepared mustard, reduce the intensity of that flavor.

Traditionally this homemade BBQ sauce recipe is fantastic mixed up with slow smoked pulled pork.

Carolina Gold Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups prepared mustard e.g. French's (or any mustard you like e.g. Dijon)
  • 1/4 cup of tomato paste/puree
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer (not boil!) for about 5 minutes to dissolve the sugar. That should be all it needs, but simmer it a bit longer and tweak the ingredients to your own satisfaction - e.g. the sugar or the black pepper. See below.

Carolina Gold Sauce recipe - preparation

Remove from heat and let it cool somewhat before using it.

Next, mix it up with shredded or pulled pork - if that's what you're having it with.

Carolina Gold Sauce recipe - mixed with pulled pork

Mix it up with shredded or chopped pulled pork, and serve this mixture in bread buns, with coleslaw or redslaw.

Carolina Gold Sauce recipe - in pulled pork sandwich

If you can make this one a couple of days in advance, it matures quite nicely. By the way, it keeps for months in the fridge - but a great idea is to keep it in a squeezy bottle, and any left over you can squirt on hot dogs or whatever takes your fancy another time.

I also use it in a variation of coleslaw that I think comes from Tennessee that includes mustard. And it goes great in chicken, pork, ham, or beef - a good all rounder with any meat barbecued or otherwise.

Definitely give this one a go!

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