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Name:North Carolina Vinegar Sauce Contributor:Brian Poppe
Description:Copied with absolutely no permission whatsoever from The Barbecue! Bible, by Steven Raichlen Posted:2002-11-05
Key words:vinegar, sauce, bbq Category:Sauces
ID:348 Updated:2005-11-29 10:00:54
Ingredients:1-1/2 c cider vinegar
1 c water
1 Tbsp sugar, or more to taste
1 Tbsp hot red pepper flakes
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno chili, thinly sliced (for milder sauce, seed the chili)
2 tsp salt, or more to taste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Preparation:Combine all the ingredients in a medium size non-reactive bowl and stir
until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Taste for seasoning, adding salt
and sugar as necessary. Use the sauce immediately, or at least the same
day; it does not store well.

Makes about 2-1/2 cups.
Notes:"North Carolina (particularly north-western North Carolina) occupies a
unique position in the realm of American barbecue. Unlike the rest of the
country (which enjoys tomato-based sauces), the preferred condiment here is
a piquant mixture of vinegar and pepper flakes, with just a little sugar to
take off the sharp edge. The meat served is always pork, and it's shredded
or finely chopped, not sliced. Put the pork and vinegar sauce together and
you have one of the most delectable barbecues ever to grace a bun. The
jalapeno chilis aren't strictly traditional, but I like their added bite."

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