Carolina Treet uses special ingredient in BBQ sauce

Published: Mar. 3, 2010 at 9:04 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2010 at 11:20 AM EST
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – North Carolina is known for its unique barbeque and barbeque sauces, and while the products come and go from grocery store shelves, a Wilmington family recipe remains in the stores.

Carolina Treet was developed in 1953 in the meat cutting room of a small, independent grocery store.

After being used for years to put on whole barbequed chickens, people started asking for ways to take the sauce home, so a smaller size container of Carolina Treet was developed.

While most of the brand name barbeque sauces you find in the grocery store have a tomato base, Carolina Treet uses something different to give it its flavor.

"It has flour in it and most of the other BBQ sauces don't have flour," said Lenwood King, Jr.  "Actually, it is really a cooking barbeque sauce, so you really need to cook with it, because it does have the flour and that is the main difference in it.  To my knowledge, I've never seen another barbeque sauce that has flour in it."

After finding success with their exclusive barbeque sauce, the company also developed a line of tea concentrate under the name Aunt Bertie.  Bertie was a family member of the Kings.

Despite the down economy, Carolina Treet has posted good sales numbers, because more people are cooking their own food at home.

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