Here in Carolina, a good vinegar-based BBQ sauce is a must-have recipe. Since Cheerwine is also Carolina-born and raised, it only makes sense to slather your favorite smoked meats in this easy, delicious sauce! Tip: Use this sauce to baste pork or chicken during the last 15-20 minutes of grilling.


  • 3 cups Cheerwine
  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 23 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh-squeezed lemon juice, optional
  • Your favorite brand of hot sauce, optional


Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan with whisk. Place saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes or until thickened. Allow to cool. To perk up the flavor, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and hot sauce to taste. Makes two to three cups.

Overall Rating:


  1. I made this BBQ recipe for my family and we fell in love with it. Fantastic blend and so juicy! My 5 year old grandson even liked it! I will be adding this recipe to my favorites.

  2. Nothing says North Carolina like a vinegar based sauce. Add Cheerwine in and it is like I’m back home. Super easy to make and soaks in to the pork very well. Great flavor.

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