East (as in eastern NC vinegar BBQ Sauce) meets West (as in midwestern tomato BBQ Sauce) in the original flavor of Tarheel Premium BBQ Sauce, and the result is sheer bliss for your tastebuds. In fact, I bet Goldilocks would love this sauce because it's "just right" in terms of thickness, sweetness, tang and spice. Tarheel Premium Original BBQ Sauce starts with the ubiquitous American sweet, thick tomato base, and then adds a splash (or two) of traditional spicy-tart vinegar-based BBQ sauce from eastern North Carolina, the home of Tarheel Premium. The touch of sweetness comes from molasses, which keeps this barbecue sauce from being cloyingly sweet like many store-brand commercial sauces that use high fructose corn syrup. And the peppers and other spices from the NC vinegar barbeque sauce tradition add a tasty dimension to this sauce without being so strong as to overwhelm the natural flavors of your food.
This particular Tarheel Premium barbecue sauce is ideal for beef ribs and brisket, as well as grilled chicken and pork. It also works quite nicely when cooking meat or poultry in your oven or in your crockpot, and you can also add it to recipes for meatloaf, burgers and baked beans. All three flavors of Tarheel Premium BBQ Sauces are quite good, whether you prefer an authentic eastern NC vinegar sauce (the "Gone Whole Hog" sauce), a sweet-thick honey BBQ sauce, or a creatively spicy-tangy twist on traditional tomato-based midwestern BBQ sauce (the Original).