nutritional information

Per Sandwich:

  • Calories: 327
  • Protein: 29 g
  • Total Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 766 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 15 g

Carolina-style Barbecue Sandwiches

Carolina-style Barbecue Sandwiches

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

A tangy mustard-based sauce distinguishes Carolina-style barbecue from its sweeter Kansas City cousin. This recipe makes 2 cups of sauce, leaving plenty to serve on the side. For crunch in your sandwiches, buy coleslaw at the deli, or make Deep South Slaw.
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅔ cup no-salt-added ketchup, such as Heinz
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • 3 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. molasses
  • 2 tsp. Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 12 oz. seitan, cut into thin strips
  • 4 hamburger-style buns
  • 12 pickle chips, optional
  • 1 cup prepared coleslaw, optional

Bring vinegar, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, molasses, hot sauce, black pepper, and salt to a simmer in saucepan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes. Transfer 1 cup sauce to bowl, and set aside. Add seitan to saucepan, and cook 10 minutes. Divide among buns. Serve with pickle chips, coleslaw, and extra sauce, if using.

May/June 2010 p.57

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Sorry Vegetarian Times, REAL Carolina style is Vinegar based. This was the BBQ created by pirates in Eastern NC. Western Carolina BBQ is mustard based. This state is very divided on its BBQ. It would be best not to pick sides (unless you pick Eastern, then you'd be correct).

Samantha - 2014-09-01 12:28:59

What could be substituted for the seitan?

Carissa - 2014-08-31 18:13:24

I have made this on numerous occasions and it is totally delicious. I don't understand why so many people are getting hung up on if the mustard in this recipe is appropriate or not. Who cares if it tastes good,,which it does.. If you don't like the mustard then don't put it in. This is the best BBQ sandwich made with seitan that I have ever had

Rudie Hansbro - 2014-07-21 16:40:22

Wonderfully delicious!

Paula - 2014-06-01 01:19:37

This sounds delicious, but be advised that mustard-based sauce is SOUTH Carolina style. If you serve a mustard sauce in NC and call it "Carolina style" they'll run you out of town.

Mel - 2014-04-19 01:12:00

What is seitan

Nina Jackson - 2014-01-01 02:55:09

I accidently added way too much hot sauce the first time but everything tasted great (spicy = good for inflammation, right?!). A million times better than store-bought bbq sauce that's pumped full of HFCS.

Mary Rotter - 2012-04-16 16:43:15

I've lived in north carolina my entire life and have never heard of a carolina barbeque sauce that had mustard in it.

Kristin - 2011-08-27 10:01:20

I know that Carolina BBQ is vinegar/mustard based, but even using Bragg's and me loving the vinegar stuff normally, this was way too strong. Hard to get through one sandwich. Raw skin in mouth afterwards and husband with an upset stomach. Doesn't even seem like 1 cup could possibly be correct.

mk - 2011-05-29 01:01:04

Carolina BBQ is a vinegar and mustard based sauce, I did not try the recipe yet, but I have many carolina BBq recipes and the vinegar is the dominate flavor profile. MelC.'s comment is correct as well! Happy eating

Chef T - 2011-05-24 11:48:25

Hey all watch what vinegar you are using because that will make a huge difference. Get Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, not filtered vinegar which has a sharp flavor.

Mel C. - 2011-04-12 13:19:09

I agree with heddy. Carolina barbeque has different varieties, but the vinegar is a must in those recipes. Even the Carolina slaw that I've eaten is heavy on the vinegar. :)

Cathy Kemmerlin - 2011-01-06 06:21:55