Today’s review is of an eastern Carolina style BBQ sauce – Guy Parker’s Old Fashioned Bar-B-Q Sauce.
(Image courtesy of John Parker of Guy Parker’s BBQ)
The sauce got its start when Guy Parker opened his restaurant in Goldsboro, NC in August of 1962. Guy Parker’s Barbeque Restaurant stood out during a time of segregation by allowing blacks and whites to dine together. The restaurant operated for 43 years, when Guy had to close the restaurant due to becoming ill with cancer. However, his youngest son John is carrying on the legacy by bringing the restaurant’s signature sauce to market.
This sauce definitely fits the mold of an eastern Carolina style sauce. The ingredients list is short – vinegar, red pepper, and spices. Nice and short. As you can see from the picture below, the sauce is thin, and the pepper and spices are clearly visible. A taste reveals a tangy and peppery flavor profile.
To the Meat of the Matter
This is an eastern Carolina style sauce, so there’s one logical use for this: pork. I had some pulled pork that I brought for lunch, and it got a liberal amount of the sauce.
As you’d expect from a vinegar-based sauce, it seeps down into the pork, leaving the pepper and spices on the surface. The sauce adds a nice peppery and tangy flavor – holding true to its eastern Carolina roots. This sauce would also work great as a mopping sauce for ribs, chicken, and pork chops.