Carolina Pork BBQ


I dunno if I can really call this BBQ at all since I did it in a crockpot.  And I’m not hating on Texas BBQ at all!  I lived in Austin for 3 years, after all.  Actually, check that–I love CENTRAL Texas BBQ…for the love of gee-whiz, I hate how all those Houston folks smother their meat in sauce that’s so friggin sweet it might as well be melted Jolly Ranchers.  I’m gonna get some hate for that, I know…but you can’t fault me for being honest.

Growing up in the South…but, you know, the eastern part…I have an affinity for a vinegar-y base.  Which, now that I think of it, might also explain my love of British pub fare.  Or maybe that makes no sense at all.  Whatever.  My life, my food.  Anyway, this is my take on your standard vinegar-based, sweet mustard sauce with just a little heat.  If I had the time, I’d gladly break out the wood smoker…but seriously, my crockpot has never failed me.  Saturday night BBQ was no exception!  (Hint…this is spectacular served with Paleo Cornbread and Sweet Potato Turnip Puree!!)

Carolina Pork BBQ

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Serves: 8
  • 3-4 lbs Pork Shoulder
  • 1 c Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 c Grainy Mustard
  • 2 T Honey
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1 t Pepper
  • 2 T Coconut Aminos
  • 2 T Chili Powder
  • 2 T Melted Butter
  • 1 t Cayenne Pepper
  1. Place the pork shoulder in your crock pot, fat side up.
  2. Whisk together all other ingredients.
  3. Pour the mixture over the pork.
  4. Cook on LOW for 8 hours.


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9 thoughts on “Carolina Pork BBQ

  1. Stacy

    Where in Houston did you have sweet sauce?! I always get the good spicy stuff here. I hated on Memphis BBQ for being a sugar bomb when I lived there, I missed my spicy stuff.

    I do love a good vinegary Carolina BBQ with pork through.

  2. Jennifer

    I have lived in College Station, Texas for 10 years and grew up in the Rio Grande Valley (south of Corpus Christi) and I know exactly what you mean about various methods/seasonings when it comes to BBQ! What is with the smothered in sweetness stuff?! I hate that. This recipe looks really great; thanks for sharing. ;)

  3. Brionna

    That looks delicious!! The only problem that my family would have is that meat cooked in the crock pot means the fat is never crispy, just really squishy and jiggly!! Have you ever seared your pork first and then dropped it in the crock pot?? Or maybe I should trim the fat off?? Hmmm…. Can’t wait to try to sauce too!

  4. Michael

    Born and raised in Houston, never had any sweet sauce. Rudy’s, Goode Company, and the best ribs ever at Vergie’s on Gessner. Always had spicy tangy. Can’t stand the sweet stuff. I’ve got a HUGE pork shoulder from Costco. Can’t wait to try this.


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