Grilled Pork Chops + Carolina BBQ Sauce

What could be more southern than Grilled Pork Chops smothered in a bold Carolina BBQ Sauce? This BBQ Pork Chops are rich and tangy with a kick at the end. 

My BBQ lineage is a little shaky.

You see, I grew up in Oklahoma, which is wedged between Texas dry-rub brisket country and Kansas City sweet and spicy rib country.  Not to mention I now live in North Carolina, where BBQ means pulled pork and a tomato-free sauce.

Carolina BBQ sauce is something I had never experienced before I moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I had never seen BBQ sauce that wasn’t a shade of red.

BBQ Pork Chops with Carolina BBQ Sauce ~


Now I live in a land with two distinct varieties of sauce. Cider BBQ Sauce (North Carolina) is thin, spicy and super tangy, and Mustard BBQ Sauce (South Carolina) is rich, zesty and… well, mustardy.

It took me a few years to acknowledge these two as real BBQ sauce, but now that I’ve accepted them, I’ve grown to love them.

There are many variations of Carolina BBQ Sauce. My version is a quick dump-and-stir variety, great for using on the fly. It’s spicy and tangy with a bit of depth and sweetness from molasses.

The Carolina BBQ Sauce is wonderful on all sorts of dishes, but I love it best on Grilled Pork Chops.

These easy BBQ Pork Chops are the perfect way to showcase Carolina BBQ Sauce. I brushed the pork chops with the mustard BBQ sauce before grilling. Then pour an ample dose of sauce over the top when serving the grilled pork chops. We just couldn’t get enough of them!


I served the BBQ Pork Chops with Bush’s Southern Pit Barbecue Grillin’ Beans. The combination of the zippy Mustard BBQ Sauce with the rich sweetness of the Grillin’ Beans sauce was a winner on many levels.

I’ve been impressed with every Bush’s Grillin’ Beans flavor I’ve tried, but the South Pit Barbecue might just be my favorite.

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32 comments on “Grilled Pork Chops + Carolina BBQ Sauce

  1. Toni @ Boulder Locavoreposted August 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Sommer my mouth was watering at the first photo. Love the ingredients of the sauce. I think people who no NOT live in BBQ regions of the country don’t realize that the sauces and method of dressing the meat varies incredibly as a regional signature. Love knowing more about it. Also love arugula. This is a perfect meal to me. May be making an appearance at my dinner table soon; thank you!

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted August 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm Reply

    Love the smell of bbq sauce at a summer cookout. Shame there are so few things cooked that are vegetarian that include it. I might need to change that.

  3. Heatherposted August 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm Reply

    I looooooove mustard based BBQ sauces…this sounds like dinner to me!

  4. carrianposted August 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm Reply

    Yup, saving this one. Hello pinterest! My South Carolina Hubby will love it!

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  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried Carolina BBQ sauce but it sounds like something I’d love – I can never get enough spicy mustard!

  7. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted August 3, 2012 at 7:20 am Reply

    Ohhhhh you did it! I was wondering when I was going to see some Carolina bbq! I love bbq sauce and the vinagary kind is delicious. I’m going to be in NC in September and can’t wait! Until then, I’ll have to make big batches of your bbq sauce recipe….and the pork chops look GREAT!

  8. Mariaposted August 3, 2012 at 7:28 am Reply

    Great grilling recipe for summer!

  9. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted August 3, 2012 at 7:44 am Reply

    I love bbq food, especially in the summer!

  10. Monetposted August 3, 2012 at 7:53 am Reply

    BBQ porkchops just sound like summer to me. And this recipe looks simple and delicious (my favorite!) Thank you so much for sharing with me!

  11. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted August 3, 2012 at 8:16 am Reply

    Mr. SS keeps saying he really wants some Carolina BBQ. He will love this!

  12. Anna @ hiddenponiesposted August 3, 2012 at 8:25 am Reply

    I had no idea BBQ sauce had so many personalities! Yours looks amazing – nothing better than something to change up the grilling routine!

  13. Paula - bell'alimentoposted August 3, 2012 at 9:04 am Reply

    Beans and BBQ sign me up!

  14. bake your dayposted August 3, 2012 at 9:54 am Reply

    I’m a Kansas Citian so KC style is usually where I turn but I could be on board with this one. Looks wonderful Sommer!

  15. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dryposted August 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm Reply

    I love Carolina BBQ Sauce! This sounds so good! Love those beans too!

  16. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted August 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm Reply

    The BBQ sauce looks amazing! I love the photos! What a great recipe!

  17. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted August 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Dude, that sauce is absolutely heavenly! Definitely bookmarking this for a nice dinner for me and Jason this weekend! :)

  18. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted August 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm Reply

    Loving that barbecue sauce, drooling just thinking about it.

  19. Jeanetteposted August 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm Reply

    So interesting that BBQ Sauce can be so different from one region to the next. I grew up with the tomato based BBQ Sauce, so I’m looking forward to trying your Carolina version.

  20. Gerry @ Foodness Graciousposted August 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm Reply

    Gorgeous looking manly meal :) I love the mustard based sauces…
    Take care,,

  21. [email protected]posted August 4, 2012 at 6:16 am Reply

    I love this. There is nothing better than grilled pork with baked beans!

  22. Chrisposted August 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm Reply

    This looks fantastic, I love thick grilled chops like these. Nice job, Sommer!

    I like Piedmont style NC the best, then Eastern NC sauce, and then mustard sauce but I love them all. It just depends on my mood. I like the unique flavor that the mustard sauce brings to pulled pork.

    Great post!

  23. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted August 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm Reply

    wow looks great! We have pork chops on our list this week so thanks!

  24. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted August 6, 2012 at 8:03 am Reply

    Don’t think I’ve ever tried a mustard BBQ sauce, but it sounds fantastic!

  25. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 7, 2012 at 10:15 am Reply

    I LOVE tangy mustardy bbq sauces – this looks fabulous!

  26. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted August 7, 2012 at 11:26 am Reply

    My mouth is actually watering.

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    Wow this looks so good! Great photos too! PINNED

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