Spring Hill Ranch's Texas Black Jack Sauce

Wiley P


Also known as "Cattle Drive Sauce", this is another innovation from my neighbors to the east. By the late 1870's, condiments such as ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and vinegars were available in cans or bottles - a blessing to the chuckwagon cooks of the era. There'd be biscuits, beans and coffee for breakfast and then the leftover coffee went into a large jar. In the evening that day-old coffee would come out and be used in this Black Jack sauce. You can make this a thin sauce to dip or a thicker sauce to slather on top of the steak - depending on how long you let it reduce

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Makes about 3 cups
10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


2 small
yellow or white onions, diced (about 2 cups)
1 c
strong black coffee
1 c
worcestershire sauce
1 c
1/2 c
apple cider vinegar
1/2 c
packed dark brown sugar (light brown sugar will do okay)
2 large
jalapeƱo chiles, minced
3 Tbsp
chili powder (mild, medium or hot, your choice)
2 Tbsp
kosher salt
6 clove
garlic, thinly sliced


1In a saucepan over medium high heat, combine the onions, coffee, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, jalapeƱos, chili powder, salt, and garlic. Stirring often, bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat. Stirring regularly, simmer the sauce until it reduces by 1/2, about 25 minutes. Strain the sauce or puree it in a blender or food processor. Allow it to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate it for 8 hours to allow the flavors to fester. Refrigerate between uses.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: Southwestern