I don’t know why it took me so long to remember the excellent ribs we had at The Pit in Raleigh, North Carolina, back in 2013. The ribs, lacking the sticky sweetness I expected, were slow cooked in an amazing sauce of vinegar and hot sauce. They were tender and delicious:
I’ve been struggling with tomato-based rib sauces for a while now, because I eat low carb, and tomato-based sauces tend to be very sweet. Too sweet.
Last night, I made North Carolina style ribs, and they were phenomenal. Fall-off-the-bone tender, in fact the bones themselves were tender so we could extract yummy marrow out of them; wonderfully flavorful with just the right amount of heat, and they were not vinegary at all. They were delicious! So from now on, this is my go-to bbq sauce. Here’s how to make it:
- Place the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well to combine.
- Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to meld. Shake again before using.
If using for pulled pork, start by slow cooking the pork (2-3 lb.) in your slow cooker with just salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons water. When done, shred the meat with two forks, add the entire jar of barbecue sauce, mix it in, cover, and slow cook on high for 30 more minutes.