Virginia Style BBQ Sauce for the Summer

Virginia Style BBQ Sauce for the Summer

As summertime approaches and the weather starts to warm up, go spend more time outside. A great way to do that is cooking barbeque such as a pork shoulder, ribs or even beef. It can feed small - large groups easily, a great excuse to have a party with friends and family. 

A bbq sauce is a staple when serving barbeque. You may have heard of Texas style, Memphis style and Carolina style bbq sauce but we are from Virginia so we wanted to share the uniqueness of Virginia style bbq sauces. Try this homemade Viriginia bbq sauce recipe for this summer time!


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Hot sauce (optional, to taste)


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, honey, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard.

  2. Stir in the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt until well combined.

  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

  4. Once the sauce is simmering, reduce the heat to low and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until it has thickened slightly and the flavors have melded together.

  5. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. If you like a bit of heat, you can add hot sauce to taste.

  6. Once the sauce reaches your desired consistency and flavor, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.

  7. Transfer the barbecue sauce to a clean jar or bottle and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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