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BBQ Sauce Review: Big Ed's Heirloom BBQ Sauce- A Vinegar Based NC Style Sauce

NC style vinegar based sauce

photo taken from Pigtail Brands.

I stumbled across Mathew Hanna in the LowCountry BBQ Group on Facebook and was introduced to his sauce this way. As you guys may know, I'm from NC originally but my parents live in SC so I've grown to embrace both NC and SC style BBQ sauce. And now I'm a Florida girl and make mango guava BBQ sauce- gotta represent the culture!

So how did Pig Tail Brands out of Charleston, SC end up with a fabulous, vinegary-with-heat yet slightly sweet NC style sauce coming from the land of M

ustard based sauce? It beats me. Big Ed's Heirloom Barbecue Sauce is just what I'm looking for when I'm making pulled pork sandwiches and don't feel like making a big batch of sauce on my own.

When looking for a good vinegar based sauce, there's always a key component: pepper flakes. If your vinegar based sauce does not have large chunks of pepper at the bottom, then it is not true NC style vinegar based sauce. Big Ed's has large chunks of pepper at the bottom, a sure sign there is a good kick, but not over-powering.

While this sauce could compliment all types of meat, I still find it mostly suited for pork. I made grilled cornish game hens with this that I marinated, basted and also served with additional sauce but I still find myself envisioning this as perfect on a pulled pork sandwich.

The packaging is cute and reflects the Palmetto State's great style and this would be a welcome addition to my line up of stocking stuffers. To try Big Ed's Heirloom BBQ sauce, go to http://shop.pigtailbrands.com/

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4 Responses to BBQ Sauce Review: Big Ed's Heirloom BBQ Sauce- A Vinegar Based NC Style Sauce

  1. Matthew Dukes Hanna December 1, 2011 at 9:10 am #


    Thanks so much for taking the time to post this great review and I am so glad that you enjoyed Big Ed’s Heirloom! Thanks also for passing on that contact information. I hope your holiday season is going great.

  2. Robyn December 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    You guys have a great sauce. Glad I got a chance to try it. :)

  3. Chris December 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    You know I’m a Carolina sauce geek and Ed’s sounds like a great one. The sauce seems to have a little tomato base to it, is it more of a Peidmont (Western NC) style than Eastern? I like both but prefer Peidmont.

  4. Robyn December 6, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Chris, i would agree, this is piedmont style,not Eastern style. Hailing from SC, go figure