the best steak sauce ever

June 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm 3 comments

i want you to know how good this is: it’s amazing. it’s tangy, a little bit sweet, spicy enough to make it interesting, and smoky. it makes any steak, burger, chicken, or tofu delicious. {just change the chicken broth to non-chicken broth to make it vegetarian.} this sauce disappears at our house because we eat it with anything off the grill and even use it for basting by diluting it with more chicken broth. some of the ingredients are not found at your average grocery store, but are worth the search; see my tips for finding these ingredients below. this recipe makes about two cups of steak sauce awesomeness.

all you'll need {plus lemon juice, who snuck in uninvited}


2 Tbsp butter
one onion {or a couple of shallots} chopped smallish
4 cloves garlic, finely diced
3 Tbsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp ancho chile powder
pinch cayenne or chipotle for more heat, if desired
3 Tbsp tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
1/8 cup brown sugar {more if you like it sweet}
3 Tbsp molasses
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, the good stuff
1/3 cup pomegranate syrup
salt and pepper to taste
ground lapsang souchang tea, for smoky flavor

{i get my pomegranate syrup at a mediterranean market, but if you can’t find it, you could also use tamarind paste to give it the same fruity tanginess. i get the lapsang souchong tea, a smoked black tea, at a tea store, then grind it up in a coffee grinder. it’s not necessary, but it is awesome!}

  1. start by caramelizing the onions {or shallots} in the butter. {to caramelize: melt butter over low heat, add onion/shallots and cover to soften for about 5-10 minutes. then uncover and saute over low heat, stirring occasionally.} add the garlic at the end and saute for 30 seconds.
  2. add in the cumin, coriander, and ancho chile powder, adding extra spiciness if you want it {though you could always add it later}. continue to stir over low heat for about a minute to warm up the spices.
  3. stir in the tomato paste until it’s all mixed together, then add the chicken broth. increase heat and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. then reduce heat and add the brown sugar, molasses, balsamic vinegar and pomegranate syrup or tamarind paste.
  4. allow the sauce to simmer until it is reduced to about 2/3 the volume {about 30-45 minutes}, stirring occasionally. then season to taste, adding salt and pepper, adding the lapsang souchong at the end.
  5. cool and spoon into a nice manly jar.
  6. store it in the fridge and bring it out on the big day. slather it on grilled food every day!

steak sauce for father's day {or any day, really}

this sauce should last 6 weeks in the fridge. {though if you love it as much as we do, it won’t still be around in 6 weeks.} bon appetit!

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