Battle of the BBQ: Which sauce is better?

Since the beginning of BBQ there’s always been a feud as to which type of BBQ from which part of the country is the best. Even here in North Carolina there’s a divide between eastern and western BBQ just within the state.

Since the beginning of BBQ there’s always been a feud as to which type of BBQ from which part of the country is the best. Even here in North Carolina there’s a divide between eastern and western BBQ just within the state.

Eastern style typically has a vinegar base with sugar and red pepper. Whereas Western style (sometimes known as “Lexington style”) is also vinegar based but it usually has ketchup and brown sugar and is sweeter than Eastern style.

Harley Bruce at Poor Piggy’s Food Truck and Catering broke down how they make their Western style BBQ sauce which happens to be their most popular sauce. They’ve even won some awards for it.

What goes in it:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garlic power
  • Salt and pepper
  • Secret ingredients

Whisk all that up in a large pot and let it come to a boil on the stove for about 30 minutes.

Then it’s left to cool for about eight hours, bottled, and ready to be served.

 

Map of North and South Carolina’s Regional Sauces