Scott's is a quintessential eastern North Carolina style, vinegar-based sauce, perfect for whole hog barbecue, or perhaps just a rack or two of ribs.
Scott's is not one of those half-dozen or so places whose names spring immediately to the tongue whenever North Carolina barbecue is being discussed, but in fact, it's one of the state's oldest barbecue restaurants, as well as a thriving black-owned enterprise. Today, many of those who live outside Goldsboro are familiar with the family name through the visibility of Scotts Famous Barbecue Sauce, a quintessential eastern North Carolina style, vinegar-based sauce. The roots of Scott's Family Barbecue Sauce go back to 1917 when Adam Scott first got into the barbecue business in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The recipe for the sugar free, fat free sauce was developed over a three-year period and remains a secret which is passed down through the Scott family. Adam, a local minister, said the exact ingredients in the sauce were revealed to him in a dream. That original sauce recipe was served on Scott's barbecue for nearly 30 years, until Adam Scott's son, A. Martel Scott, Sr., spiced up the sugar free mixture a bit before obtaining a patent on the sauce in 1946.