WV Hot Dog Sauce winning recipe

By RealWV Staff,

In honor of West Virginia’s 161st birthday, First Lady Cathy Justice hosted a “Hot Dog Sauce” competition, with the winner, Paige Tony of Calhoun County, being announced at last month’s West Virginia Day celebration.

According to Justice, Tony’s recipe was unanimously selected as the contest’s winner.

“Our Grand Champion winner is from a band boosters organization,” Justice said, during the celebration. “She makes all the hot dogs for the children in the band, and it’s just a great, great recipe.”

Tony’s championship-winning sauce is aptly named “Calhoun Band Booster.”

Paige Tony of Calhoun County. Photo by Matthew Young, RealWV.

The Recipe – Serves 40 People:


  • 2.5 pounds ground beef
  • 5 finely chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1 cup mustard
  • 6 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups plain bread crumbs – very fine
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Brown meat and onions, adding salt and pepper to taste. Drain and return to pan.
  • Add all other ingredients except bread crumbs, and cook 20 – 30 minutes while stirring frequently.
  • Slowly stir in bread crumbs. Add additional chili powder in more spice is desired.

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