Friends, this Carolina Gold Mustard BBQ Sauce belongs in the bbq sauce hall of fame. It’s the perfect balance of zingy vinegar + pinch of sweet + just the right amount of spice – and I am fully enjoying slathering it on just about everything right now. You can whip this sauce up in less than 5-minutes and make dinner over-the-top delicious!
The origins of Carolina Gold Mustard BBQ Sauce
After 5-minutes of “very careful and arduous” research, I’m inclined to believe this Eater article that claims that we owe the invention of mustard-based bbq sauce to German immigrants settling in South Carolina. After arriving (toting ample amounts of delicious German mustard with them) the first iteration of this delicious sauce was born and dubbed ‘Carolina Gold.’
What type of mustard is best to use?
If you’ve ever made it through my
375 word super long spiel on the various types of mustard in this post, you’ll know I am a particularly huge fan of the condiment. Though I use Dijon in many of my recipes, I find that a classic yellow mustard is the best option for this bbq sauce. The mild spice and vinegary flavor of classic mustard provides an excellent base for this bbq sauce and gives it it’s signature golden-hue.
What should I serve this bbq sauce on?
Really, the sky is the limit. My favorite way to serve this Carolina Gold Mustard BBQ Sauce is on these Pressure Cooker Boneless Beef Ribs, but it’s also phenomenal on shredded chicken, pork, and beef. This is a fantastic way to dress up basic grilled chicken and I have a suspicion it would be brilliant on burgers and brats too!
A note for special diets
This Carolina Gold Mustard BBQ Sauce is gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and easily made friendly for Paleo and Keto diets.
For those following a strict Paleo diet, you may swap the Worcestershire sauce for coconut aminos.
For those following a strict Keto diet who do not want to consume honey (even in such a small amount), you may substitute the honey for 1 tbsp monkfruit or equivalent sweetener. Please note that these swaps may slightly change the flavor of the bbq sauce.
Carolina Gold Mustard BBQ Sauce
Yield 12 servings
- 1 cup classic yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp raw honey (may sub 1 tbsp monkfruit for Keto)
- 1 tbsp garlic oil (may sub 1 tbsp olive oil + 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
- 1 tbsp unsweetened ketchup
- 1 tbsp Tabasco hot sauce
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (or coconut aminos for Paleo)
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- In a small glass mixing bowl or jar, whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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Courses Butters & Condiments
Serving Size 2 tbsp
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2 g
Sodium 251 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 1 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.