MOM'S Virginia BBQ Sauce

April 26, 2015
0 Ratings
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Makes ~5 cups
Author Notes

I grew up with this sauce. Now I freeze this in 1 cup packages and use it for BBQ chicken or pork chops. It is smokey , tart and tomatoey and not super sweet. I think it may be my oldest recipe, from my mom. —LeBec Fin

What You'll Need
  • 1/4-1/3 cup bacon fat(i bake my bacon at 325-350 degrees, which avoids stove top splatter ) or use canola oil, adding rendered smoked poultry fat and skin of same-to infuse the smoky flavor
  • 1 cup small- chopped onions
  • 1Tablespoon+ 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 32 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup yellow "ball park" mustard
  • 1 teaspoon each Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (hold Salt until the end tasting.)
  • optional 1/3- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • opt: 1 c. + water if needed for saucey consistency
  1. Heat bacon fat over medium high heat in heavy 2- 3 quart saucepan. When hot, add onion and garlic and cook 5-8 minutes, til translucent (not brown.)
  2. Add tomato paste through pepper. Simmer 20 minutes and taste. Add vinegar and/or anything else needed to make it delicious.

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  • LeBec Fin
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  • krshome
My eating passions are Japanese, Indian, Mexican; with Italian and French following close behind. Turkish/Arabic/Mediterranean cuisines are my latest culinary fascination. My desert island ABCs are actually 4 Cs: citrus, cumin, cilantro, cardamom, and GARLIC! I am so excited by the level of sophistication that I see on Food52 and hope to contribute recipes that will inspire you like yours do me. I would like to ask a favor of all who do try a recipe of mine > Would you plse review it and tell me truthfully how it worked for you and/or how you think it would be better? I know many times we feel that we don't want to hurt someone's feelings, but. i really do want your honest feedback because it can only help me improve the recipe.Thanks so much.

2 Reviews

LeBec F. June 23, 2023
yes,i believe this is correct.plse review after you make it.thx!
krshome June 23, 2023
I love trying new BBQ sauce recipes, but before i try this one I need to ask... Is 32 ounces of tomato paste correct ? Looking forward to your answer and to start making this. Thanks