Barberton Style Hot Sauce Recipe

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Barberton Style Hot Sauce

Carol Kostantinovich


I was born and grew up in Akron, Ohio. I'm a 3rd generation baker's daughter. My grandfather came to America and started his bakery. The bakery was called Cheda's (Charlie's) Bakery. My dad took over, then my brothers ran it when dad retired.
Barberton, OH is the next town over, and is known for it's chicken dinner restaurants. They were even on Food Network a few years ago.
The fried chicken is calorie laden, but the Hot Sauce is delicious! My family is Serbian and Slovenian, and this is my version of the Hot Sauce recipe.
If you like hot, spicy dishes, I hope you try and enjoy it!

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8-10 depending on size


10 Min


25 Min


2 t. crisco vegetable shortening
1 c. spanish onion
1/4 c. celery
1/2 green bell pepper (optional)
1 28oz. can whole tomatoes
1+ 6 oz. can tomato juice
1 t. red pepper flakes
1 t. granulated sugar
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t/ fresh ground black pepper
1/4 to 1/3 c. long grain white rice (uncooked)

Directions Step-By-Step

Peel and dice your onion medium fine.. Use 2 med. or 1 lg. onion - use more if you like onions. Clean celery and remove the strings. Dice celery fine. If used, clean and remove stem & seeds of bell pepper and dice fine.
Melt Crisco shortening. in a 12" skillet, large saute' pan or about a 3 qt. saucepan
ADD onions and saute' on low heat until soft and translucent, stirring so edges don't turn brown & burn. About 3 to 5 minutes. Add the celery and (optional) green pepper and saute' stirring until soft. About 3 more minutes.
ADD entire can of tomatoes to the pan. Rinse out your can with a small amount of water and add it to the pan.
Add 1 about 4 to 6 oz. of the tomato juice. Stir until all is distributed evenly.
ADD sugar, and salt & black pepper. Crush red pepper flakes between fingers and add to tomato & onion mixture in pan as well.
COVER pan and continue cooking on SIMMER for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
RINSE rice in sieve under running water until water runs clear.
ADD rice to your pan of and stir to distribute evenly throughout tomato & onion sauce mixture.
Return lid to pan, setting it ajar to allow the steam to escape.
Allow to SIMMER for about 15 more minutes until rice has cooked and absorbed most of the liquid.
TASTE & adjust seasonings to your taste. Add more tomato juice, as needed.
When rice is cooked and the sauce is the consistency you like, serve it up..!
As for me, the hotter (spicier) it is, the better I like it...

About this Recipe

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy