Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce to the Rescue

If you're like me you keep a variety of mustards on hand. I have your basic yellow mustard, sweet mustards, hot mustards, sweet and hot mustards, Dijon mustards, whole grain Dijon mustardsdeli mustards and THE ONE BALLPARK MUSTARD around just for starters. Variety is great, but sometimes it leads to the ends of mustards sticking around to the point of getting vinegary. This can usually be fixed with some shaking or mixing, but if you'd like to clear out and re-up, what to do?

If life gives you mustard, make mustard bbq sauce. Just take those bottle and jar ends and combine them to your desired measurement of mustard. Apple cider vinegar can be used to clean out the bottles and jars. Be aware of how much vinegar you are using to clean the jars as well as what mustards you are using and adjust your recipe accordingly.

Here's a great basic Carolina* mustard bbq sauce recipe from


  • 1 1/2 cups prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, place in an airtight container, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to blend the flavors.
If you don't want to crack a whole can of tomato paste** for one tablespoon I substitute ketchup. This sauce goes best with pork but it also plays well with chicken, beef and even shrimp.

*I've heard complaints already that I'm not being specific enough when I say "Carolina". Since, as near as I can determine, only one part of SOUTH Carolina makes a mustard-based sauce, and because "Midlands South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce" is a mouthful, I went a little generic. Sorry if I've poked any regional sensitivities. Hey, I'm already ticking off the bbq crowd because I'm grilling, not smoking, the meat. "Midlands South Carolina Mustard-Based All-Purpose Grilling and Barbecue Sauce", anyone?

**I have been schooled, (see comments). Get yourself some Amore Brand Tomato Paste in a tube. Hat Tip to pdross2000.


  1. Stop buying tomato paste in the can and find a local store that stocks

    Not only is it in a nice tube for dispensing but it is double concentrated.

    1. I use tomato paste so infrequently that I just huck a can in the pantry. I've seen the tube version in the store but usually passed because I was concerned about the shelf life. I just looked into it and it seems like a better option than the can even for infrequent use. Thanks for the tip.


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