Barbecue sauce is a uniquely American sauce that differs depending on the region that you are in. The majority of them are Tomato and Vinegar based, but depending on the history of the area and the culture of the people living there, they all offer something different. From deep brown thick sauce, to a white creamy sauce, a yellow spicy sauce or just a kicked up Au Jus, It can be whatever you like. These are the major variants that can be found and a little history about them.
East Carolina Sauce
Most American barbecue sauces can trace their roots to the two sauces common in North Carolina. The simplest and the earliest were supposedly popularized by African slaves who also advanced the development of American barbecue. They were made with vinegar, ground black pepper, and hot chile pepper flakes. It is used as a “mopping” sauce to baste the meat while it was cooking and as a dipping sauce when it is served. Thin and sharp, it penetrates the meat and cuts the fats in the mouth. There is little or no sugar in this sauce. Due to the sharp taste, it has more of a cult following amongst people not of the region.
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