Competition Pulled Pork BBQ Sauce

Making Sauce for pulled pork
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There’s nothing like a succulent sauce to give you the exact grilling results you want and crave. Well, get ready because this delicious BBQ sauce is super easy to make – requiring just two simple steps to prepare! Its unique flavor profile pairs perfectly with pulled pork.  Try All-Star Blogger,Diva Q’s  award-winning sauce.


Competition BBQ Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 6 cups sauce

Serving Size: -

Calories per serving: -

Fat per serving: -

This is a flavor-packed BBQ sauce that perfectly pairs with pulled pork.


  • 4 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups apple cider (or substitute juice)
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon butcher grind black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.  Simmer until the tamarind paste has dissolved and all of the ingredients have combined.
  2. Bring sauce to a rapid boil for 5 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then serve on pulled pork.

18 thoughts on “Competition Pulled Pork BBQ Sauce

  1. In the sauce above, you indicate “2 cups apple cider vinegar” and lower it indicates “1/2 cup apple cider vinegar”. Why the two amounts if all gets mixed together?

    Wayne P. Stutsman

  2. In the ingredients list for the Diva Q’s Award-Winning Pulled Pork BBQ Sauce, Apple Cider Vinegar is listed twice. First as 2 cups, then a few ingredients down as 1/2 cup. Is this a typo or do you really need 2.5 cups of apple cider vinegar?

    thank you in advance for clarifying

  3. The ingredients calls for 2 cups of apple vinegar and then on down the list of ingredients it calls for another 1/2 cup of apple vinegar. Is the correct.

  4. Why is the apple cider vinegar listed twice once as 2 cups then once as 1/2 cup? Just a little confused. Thanks.

  5. Greetings, I was checking out your Award winning sauce recipe and saw where you add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar. 3 points below that it shows adding another 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Which is correct? The 2 cups or the 1/2 cup? Do we add it again for a total of 2 1/2 cups?

    I just wanted to make it clear before I might ruin a sauce and have to discard it.

    Thanks for your response and Keep on Grillin’

    Rodger Popplewell

    Bluffton, Indiana

  6. I really want to try this BBQ sauce but question the listing of Apple cider vinegar twice in the recipe. Is that a mistake?

  7. Apple Cider Vinegar is listed twice – 2 cups and later 1/2 cup. If this is a mistake, what should the recipe be?

  8. your recipe for championship award winning pulled pork bbq sauce. you have two cups apple cider vin. two cups apple cider, and then another 1/2 cup apple cider vin. is this correct?

  9. Why are there 2 entries for “apple cider vinegar”, one for 2 cups and one for 1/2 cup. Do I actually use 2 1/2 cup of vibegar for your pulled pork sauce?

  10. Sorry for the confusion everyone. We accidentally added an additional 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to the sauce. The recipe has been updated to reflect this change. Let us know how you like the sauce!

  11. I made the sauce today and it tastes really good. It is a sweet vinegar sauce. I did not try it on pork yet. On my next pork , I will use the peach nectar injection and the sauce, and I bet it will be good. When I want more vinegar taste, I make my mustard vinegar sauce.

  12. Finally made two pork butts cooked for 14-15 hours to 200 internal temperature. Used the Peach Nector injection and sauce. This is a keeper recipe.

  13. One says apple cider vinegar the other is apple cider or another juice of choice. You peeps are not reading it correctly

  14. The recipe actually says 2 cups of Apple cider vinegar, then 2 cups of just Apple cider, the drink you can usually purchase around Halloween. That’s the difference in the recipe. Hope that helps! Happy eating.

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