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South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

History of South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Yellow Mustard Photo Source: Wikipedia

South Carolina Mustard barbecue sauce is linked to the German immigrants and heritage in South Carolina. From the 1730's to 1750's the British colonists encouraged the Germans to immigrant to South Carolina. They paid their boat fare to settle their families in South Carolina and live there. The offered them land grants for farmland along the river.

The Germans were hard workers and ran family farms a different type of agriculture setup than the plantations in South Carolina. The British gave them land grants along the Sante, Congaree, Santee, Broad and Salvado Rivers for over 20 years. In addition the Germans used mustard in their cooking and liked it with meat. They has an influence on the development of South Carolian Mustard Barbecue sauce.

Today many German restaurants and food businesses in South Carolina sell mustard based and barbecue sauces to the public. In the 1900's Harold Sweatman's family owned a barbecue restaurant and developed a mustard barbecue sauce that was popular in South Carolina. They have since had three generations of barbecue restaurants that cook whole pigs and other popular barbecue items.

In 1935 Joe Bessinger opened Holly Hill Cafe in Holly Hill, SC. They cooked hogs over hickory wood and developed a sweet mustard base barbecue sauce called Thomas Bessinger Original Golden Recipe Barbecue Sauce. His sons own their own restaurants and make their own recipes for mustard style barbecue sauce. No matter where the recipe originated this sauce is tasty and adds to the flavor of barbecued pork and poultry.

Photo Source: Wikipedia: Some mustard sauces use tomato sauce or ketcup in them.

The recipe for South Carolina Barbecue Sauce varies depending on the region of the state. The traditional recipes use yellow mustard, vinegar, sugar, molasses or honey to sweeten it. Some recipes have apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, pepper, and hot sauce. Others recipes use tomato sauce, ketchup, beef broth, mayonnaise, and the color ranges from yellow to red.

The midlands to low country in South Carolina make this style barbecue sauce. This barbecue sauce is delicious on chicken legs, breasts, thighs, and all cuts of pork, hotdogs, and sausage.


A Very Brief History of Four Types of Barbecue Sauce Found in the USA by Lake E. High, Jr South Carolina Barbecue Association

South Carolinas Best Mustard Based BBQ Sauce Recipe

by James Roller, July 2021 2022, Destination Barbecue

Spicy South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Even if you are not a barbecue master you can make the barbecue recipe at home. There are many different recipes online. This recipe does not have sugar, but you can add it when cooking it on of the stove. Yellow mustard is less spicy than Dijon so if you use Dijon use 1 tablespoon instead of 2.

You will need a medium sized saucepan, measuring cups, measuring spoons, spoon to stir ingredients, and container with a lid to store it in.

1/4 cup beef broth

2 tablespoons of yellow or Dijon mustard

1/4 cup of tomato sauce

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado

1 teaspoon garlic powder or minced garlic

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Optional sugar, brown sugar, honey or molasses

salt to taste

Combine the ingredients in the saucepan and stir. Over medium heat cook the ingredients on low for about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir and taste add sugar if you want a sweeter barbecue sauce .Take off the stove and store in container with lid.

Chicken Legs With Spicy South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

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You will need a flat baking pan, or roasting pan, parchment paper or foil, basting brush, spoon, potholders, and tongs to remove chicken legs. This recipe can be cooked in the oven.

1 or 2 pounds of chicken legs

South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

1 tablespoon oil if using a skillet or small roasting pan

Defrost chicken legs. to room temperature and baste with barbecue sauce on both sides before cooking using basting brush.. Heat the oven to 350 degrees on roast and with a teaspoon put some sauce over each chicken leg. Cook the chicken legs for about 45 minutes to one hour until the legs are well cooked. Turn the chicken legs over at least once to get the flavor on each side. Serve 2 to 4 people. Serve with French fries or macaroni salad.

This sauce can be served on the side for dipping the meat and with fries.

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