Mustard BBQ sauce is more famous in the Carolinas and Georgia regions. The barbecuing style in these regions favors using mustard-based sauces instead of tomato-based barbecue sauce because they usually barbecue pork here. Mustard-based BBQ sauces are great for pork shoulder, loin, ham, ribs, and they go well with whole hog barbecues as well. Generally, the yellow-colored barbecue sauce is served on the table to add to the barbecued meat as desired. However, some cooks also add the sauce right when the barbecuing is done to let the flavor of mustard blend well with the barbecued pork.
How is Mustard-Based BBQ Sauce Made?
Mustard-based barbecue sauce has been used in the Carolinas and Georgia regions since the colonial times. It is said that the use of mustard became more popular when the Germans started migrating to the parts of South Carolina and Northern Georgia. Soon, using mustard with pulled pork became a tradition, and it greatly influenced the barbecuing styles of the region.
Mustard BBQ sauces are made from yellow mustard, brown mustard, or the French Dijon mustard. Aside from that, the other ingredients in the sauce include vinegar, sugar, herbs, peppers, and spices. Mustard-based barbecue sauces are mostly tangy, but with different levels of saltiness, sweetness, and spiciness. They carry the natural pungent taste of mustard, while the pepper content adds more heat to the BBQ sauces. This makes it ideal to balance the smoky flavors of barbecued pork. At the same time, the vinegar content in mustard barbecue sauces makes it more tangy and sharp. This perfectly adds to the depth of the barbecued meat’s flavor.
Some mustard BBQ sauces also have garlic and onion as their primary ingredients. They enhance the flavor of the sauce and help to balance the zest of the herbs and spices in the sauce. However, such added ingredients do not overpower the original flavors of mustard BBQ sauces at all. Note that some readily available mustard-based barbecue sauces might have gluten content. Therefore, if you have celiac disease, you should stay away from using mustard BBQ sauces. Yet at the same time, mustard-based barbecue sauces can be suitable for a vegetarian diet.
As mustard BBQ sauces are served on the side, it allows you to decide how much you want to use it with your barbecued meat as per your tastes. However, you should always serve mustard-based barbecue sauces slightly warm to make sure that it offers the best punch of flavor to the barbecued pork.