Serves 4

Preparation time: 30 minutes or fewer

A tangy mustard-based sauce distinguishes Carolina-style barbecue from its sweeter Kansas City cousin. This recipe makes 2 cups of sauce, leaving plenty to serve on the side. For crunch in your sandwiches, buy coleslaw at the deli, or make Deep South Slaw.



  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅔ cup no-salt-added ketchup, such as Heinz
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • 3 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. molasses
  • 2 tsp. Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 12 oz. seitan, cut into thin strips
  • 4 hamburger-style buns
  • 12 pickle chips, optional
  • 1 cup prepared coleslaw, optional


Bring vinegar, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, molasses, hot sauce, black pepper, and salt to a simmer in saucepan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes. Transfer 1 cup sauce to bowl, and set aside. Add seitan to saucepan, and cook 10 minutes. Divide among buns. Serve with pickle chips, coleslaw, and extra sauce, if using.