How Does One Make Barbecue Sauce for Pulled Pork?


Make barbecue sauce for pulled pork by combining apple cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and molasses. The sauce can be slightly cooked or used as-is after mixing. Make a vinegar-based sauce by omitting ketchup and molasses.

To make barbecue sauce, mix 1 1/2 cups of cider vinegar, 1 cup of yellow or brown mustard, 1/2 cup of ketchup and 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar along with 2 smashed garlic cloves, a teaspoon of kosher salt, a teaspoon of cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Pour the mixture into a saucepan, and set it on the stove over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer while stirring for 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat, and set it aside to cool.

To make a lighter vinegar-based sauce, mix 2 cups of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of Texas Pete Hot Sauce along with 1 teaspoon each of red pepper flakes, freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt. Add the mixture to a small nonreactive saucepan, and bring it to a boil, whisking until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat, and set it aside to cool before using.

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