I've been craving something spicy lately, something like hot wing spicy, not Mexican food spicy. And then this afternoon I had the great idea for Big J to go to one of our local barbecue places and pick up some pulled pork. He readily agreed because seriously no once can say no to pulled pork from Belmont BBQ.
I told him to be sure to get the Carolina Sauce.
I didn't learn to appreciate really good 'cue until we moved to Virginia, which is, apparently, the South. And one thing that I love with pulled pork is the deceptively simple vinegary and spicy Carolina sauce. It's not thick like sauce you would generally find, and it has a slight sweetness at the front that tempers the vinegar, but there is a spicy kick at the end that makes you want more.
And of course topping the pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw is an absolute must.
Here's my recipe:
Carolina Barbecue Sauce
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a jar and shake until mixed well. Pour over pulled pork.