Sauce Essentials: The Ultimate Steak Sauce
Andy Anderson !
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.
1/2 cgood balsamic vinegar
1/2 cfiltered water
1/4 cworcestershire sauce, homemade, if possible
1/4 cketchup, homemade, if possible
1/4 corganic raisins
1/4 cdehydrated onions
2 Tbspyellow mustard, homemade, if possible
1 Tbspliquid aminos, or tamari sauce
1/2 tspcelery seed
1/2 tspsalt, kosher variety
1/4 tspwhite pepper, freshly ground
1/4 tspmustard powder
1/4 tspgarlic, minced
1 mediumorange, just the juice
1 pinchcayenne pepper, or to taste
1 pinchground cloves, or to taste
How to Make Sauce Essentials: The Ultimate Steak Sauce
- THE GOAL
My goal was a modest one. Produce a great-tasting steak sauce without any chemicals, or unnecessary sugars. To accomplish this goal, I am relying on some other recipes that I have posted:
Versatile Homemade Ketchup
Homemade Worcestershire sauce:
DIY Essentials: Homemade Worcestershire Sauce
Homemade Yellow Mustard:
DIY Essentials: Homemade Yellow Mustard
If you do not wish to make some of your own ingredients, then make sure the ingredients you purchase are organic and gluten free.
Think of it this way, we are attempting to make a chemical-free version of a steak sauce, and we are doing that by buy products (ketchup/mustard/Worcestershire) that have chemicals in them. If that is your plan, you might as well save yourself the trouble, buy a bottle of A1 Steak Sauce, and have at it.
- INGREDIENT SUGGESTIONS
Here are some store-bought suggestions for you:
You will probably find good ingredients in any health-food store.
- THE QUEST
I thought the best place to start was to go out to the A1 Web site, and see what was in their fabled steak sauce. This is what I found:
Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Raisin Paste, Crushed Orange Puree, Spices and Herbs, Dried Garlic and Onion, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum.
The four ingredients
I do not care for are the Corn Syrup, Carmel Color, Potassium Sorbate, and the Xanthan Gum. How would you like to eat a nice big bowl of that?
I then went out and looked at other recipes on the internet that purported to be recipes for steak sauce. Finally, I went into the test kitchen to play about with the ingredients. I went through batch-after-batch (they all tasted pretty good), but on the sixth batch, I stopped. It had just the right amount of spice, heat, and vinegary tang… at least for me.
So, there you go. Play about with the basic ingredients, until you wind up with the perfect steak sauce, and if you are using store-bought ingredients, get the best you can.