Anyone up for some DANG good ribs? 😉 I went in the opposite direction this time, and instead of making a “red sauce” or even one of my crazy “chocolate-bbq” concoctions, I decided that it was WAY past time that I reached for the good, spicy brown mustard! I hadn’t had some old-fashioned, “Carolina-style” ribs in like….forever. Yea. That’s a long time. 😉 So “South Carolina Mustard Baby Back Ribs” it would be!! 🙂 And they were flipping AWESOME!
Now, mustard barbecue sauces are completely different than your regular red sauces, obviously, but not just due to the mustard. They’re also much, much tangier, especially the Carolina ones, than the average joe sauces, too.
Neither my hubby nor I, are big on too tangy, so I think I’ve come up with a sauce that will please just about everyone!
It still has quite a nice tang, without the vinegar being completely overpowering. I didn’t want it to taste like you were doing a shot of straight-up vinegar….ya know? That’s just TOO much!
I also wanted it to have a little sweetness, to tame the vinegar a bit, too, without it being considered a “sweet sauce”.
So a nice amount of dark brown sugar , which is my favorite because it has more molasses than regular light brown sugar, was my sugar of choice! (It also keeps very easily, and doesn’t turn into a BRICK like the light kind always does! 😉 )
With an already nice balance of tangy and sweet going on, it just needed a little kick in the trunk! 😉 A nice bit of after-burn heat! But don’t worry! They’re not hot at all. Just an enjoyable, mild heat, that slowly warms you up, and not a fire-breathing dragon kind of heat. 😉
After adding a “little bit of this, and a little bit of that”, I think I have come up with a VERY good mustard barbecue sauce! It’s different than what I used to make. I searched through everything that I had and knew where to look, all over the house, and could NOT FIND my old, ancient, standby one, but I think that this one is close, and every bit as good. 😉
And if you’re just like me, you’re a bit picky, and like to play with recipes, this one has wiggle room for you! You can decrease the sugar, or up the vinegar, or make it a bit hotter, all to suit your own personal taste! As we all enjoy things a little differently. Thank goodness, or what a boring world it would be, right? 😉
So I hope that you enjoy this sauce, and use it to make these incredible ribs we enjoyed with it! I designed the rub the match the sauce, and everything was….outstanding….if it’ ok to say. 😉
I hope that you enjoy as much as we did! 🙂 Be sure to keep this recipe in mind for all of those summer barbecues coming up! And let’s get summer started with a BANG!! 😀
*This sauce would also be delicious on pork chops, chicken, bratwursts and hotdogs, or even a nice beef brisket!
Mustard Barbecue Sauce: