The Tastes of USA BBQ: Carolina Style BBQ

Carolina Style BBQ
State of Carolina



We have made it to our last stop in our tour of The Tastes of USA BBQ. This stop is at the one and only Carolina where they are also notorious for delicious BBQ. Carolina has two regions of North Carolina and South Carolina that offer different styles and methods on how they barbecue. In today’s blog post, we will highlight Carolina barbecue recipes with a delicious South Carolina BBQ sauce that differs from the traditional tomato-based sauces we have been covering. This sauce is great for our two featured recipes of Carolina style ribs and a pulled chicken sandwich.

Carolina Barbecue Sauce Recipe

  This sweet and zesty mustard-based barbecue sauce is an amazing take of the South Carolina style! Ingredients:
  • One cup of yellow mustard sauce
  • Half cup of sugar
  • One fourth of a cup of brown sugar
  • Three fourths of a cup of cider vinegar
  • One fourth of a cup of water
  • Two tables spoons of chili powder
  • One teaspoon of salt and pepper
  • One fourth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Half a teaspoon of soy sauce
  • Two tablespoons of butter
  • One tablespoon of liquid smoke (hickory flavoring)
Directions: Mix all the ingredients above in a pot excluding the soy, butter and liquid smoke. Heat the pot to a boil and then adjust to a low heat for a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Then stir the remaining soy, butter and liquid smoke and cook for an additional 10 minutes. When finished cooking; refrigerate the sauce overnight to allow the flavors to blend and then it is ready for use!


Carolina Style Ribs

Carolina Style Ribs
Tasty Grilled Ribs




  • Two portions of pork ribs (3 pounds each)
Step 1 – When you open the packaging make sure to rise and dry the rips. Then place the ribs on the cutting board and remove the membrane from the ribs. Finally clean them off by cutting off excess fat. Then marinate the ribs in the BBQ sauce that we made above for around half an hour.
Step 2- Prepare your charcoal grill by using hickory and charcoal. You want your charcoal grill to be at least 250 degrees F. Cook ribs meat side down for 2 hours and then  turn them on the other side and cook for another hour or so until the ribs can easily bend or they can be easily pierced by a fork. Make sure to keep on brushing Carolina BBQ sauce every half hour while they are cooking.
Step 3 – Separate ribs into serving portion and enjoy!

Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Barbecue Pulled Chicken
Chicken Grilled Burger



Here is a very tasty chicken recipe that mixes very well with the South Carolina BBQ Sauce! Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)
  • Two tablespoons of dark brown sugar
  • One teaspoon of paprika/salt/pepper
  • One teaspoon of ground ginger/chipotle chili pepper/cumin

Step 1 – Mix seasoning listed above in a bowl.

Step 2 – Cut the two pounds of chicken in large cubes and mix them around in the seasoning bowl.

Step 3 – Put the chicken in a slow cooker and slow cook the chicken for 5 to 6 hours; until meat could be easily pierce by a fork.

Step 4 – Shred chicken by separating the meat with two forks and pull away or use our new Cave Tools meat shredder forks.

Step 5 – Mix chicken with Carolina style BBQ sauce and put the meat on a toasted sesame seed bun put with coleslaw and enjoy!   That concludes our tour for The Tastes of USA BBQ. Thanks for tuning in to discover each flavor of popular barbecue in the United States. If you missed our first stop; check out where this all began… in Kansas City!

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