Carolina Mopping Sauce is used in place of a rub as a baste while the meat slowly roasts on the barbecue. Eastern Carolina Mopping Sauce is vinegar-based with a spicy kick.
When I moved to South Carolina, I had never heard of a wet mopping sauce. Carolina Mopping Sauce is a vinegar-based BBQ sauce that many pit masters use to baste the meat while it’s slow roasting on the barbecue. It’s a very regional sauce and it’s quite common to find it here, along with traditional tomato-based sauces, on the table of the local barbecue joints. It is used as both a baste on the meat and as a sauce on your sandwich.
For people like me who love vinegar and a bit of heat, this simple sauce is all you need on pulled pork to make your mouth sing. However, for many, it is a bit harsh and you may only want to use it as a mopping sauce in place of the rub and still top with a traditional barbecue sauce at the table.
Carolina Mopping Sauce
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp brown sugar , packed
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.