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 delicious sauce! Cheers!


  • 3 cups of Cheerwine
  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 23 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Optional Ingredients

  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Hot Sauce


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

Use to baste pork or chicken during the last fifteen to twenty minutes of grilling.

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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