North Carolina-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: about 1 quart
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4 ounces applewood-smoked bacon (in one piece), cut into large chunks

3/4 cup beef stock or broth

1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 cup ketchup

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Kosher salt


  1. Combine the bacon, beef stock, cider vinegar, white vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, red pepper flakes, chile powder and 1 tablespoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the bacon renders its fat, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside to let the flavors develop, 20 minutes. Remove the bacon. Reheat the sauce before serving.