The origins of the South Carolina Mustard BBQ sauce
It is a little bit difficult to find the origins of this popular BBQ sauce, since it has a pretty long history. One thing seems to be sure: it has a German heritage and it was brought to America by German immigrants during the 18th century. Mustard played a vital role in their cuisine, especially in outdoors cooking. Unlike other typical red or brown BBQ sauces (which are generally based on ketchup or tomato sauce), the South Carolina BBQ sauce has a yellow color due to its mustard content. Some sources argue that this sauce actually started its journey from North Carolina, but it is probably too late to figure out the truth. It is not that important anyway. The point is that we have this special BBQ sauce with a beautiful yellow color and with a savor so delicious that it would be a sin not to try it at least once in a lifetime. The most popular meat we use it together with is pork, especially pulled pork.
- A simple recipe
Here is a quite simple recipe for South Carolina Mustard BBQ sauce, which only takes about half an hour to make and gives you 10-20 portions. Take a pan and bland together the following ingredients in it: mustard (3/4 cup), cider vinegar (3/4 cup), 1 tablespoon brown sugar, one and half tablespoons butter, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, one and a quarter teaspoons black pepper and two teaspoons of Louisiana hot sauce. Cook this mixture on low temperature for about half an hour. Don’t use it until it is perfectly cool.
- Another recipe with some changes
As you probably know already if you have ever searched after food recipes, there are always several different ways of preparing the same food, depending on local ingredients or simply the different taste of different people. This recipe is similar to the first one, but it has some modifications. This time you will need the following ingredients: 3/4 cup mustard, half cup honey, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 30 ml ketchup, 15 ml brown sugar, 30 ml Worcestershire sauce and one teaspoon of hot sauce. Simply blend them together and your sauce is ready, no cooking is needed here. Prepare it one day before you want to use it, this way it will taste perfectly. If you pour it into a jar, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
The secret of this last recipe is beer, let’s see how it works! Combine these ingredients in a pan: one and half cup mustard, half cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup cider vinegar, 3/4 cup beer, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1-1 tablespoon black and white pepper, half teaspoon cayenne pepper, one and half teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons butter, one and half teaspoons liquid smoke and one teaspoon hot sauce. Cook it for 40 minutes and it’s ready to use!