Originally Posted by jgbmgb
Eastern NC is vinegar based sauce. Western NC is more tomato based.
Basic Eastern NC Sauce:
3 parts (cups) Apple Cider Vinegar
1 part (cup) Ketchup
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 TBSP Salt
1 TBSP Pepper
Crushed Red Pepper to taste
That looks like a "western," or Piedmont style, sauce to me
...I would expect an Eastern sauce to have less (or no) ketchup and sugar.
And I've seldom heard of any NC style sauce being primarily tomato based, as a couple of people have posted. HOWEVER, I've read and heard a lot of confusing things on this subject, and I live in sort of a confused area. (Have heard Raleigh referred to as the "DMZ" and I'm right next door.)