I live in Minnesota now, but spent six years in Charleston, S.C., where I developed an affinity for the glorious taste of barbecue—in particular, pulled pork with mustard-based sauce.
As such, I love this recipe for Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce. I also love it because it follows my three rules for great recipes: It is easy, it is impressive and it is flexible. Not sweet enough? Add more honey. Not mustardy enough? Add some mustard. Need more spice? Throw additional pepper in there.
2 parts yellow mustard
2 parts honey
1 part brown sugar
1 part white vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. In large saucepan over medium heat, whisk together all ingredients. Simmer for 5 minutes until sugar is dissolved and sauce thickens slightly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Serve sauce with pulled pork or other barbecued meat.