Sabjimata Trade Secret: Barbecue Sauce


I hate secrets, especially when it comes to recipes. I realized this back in 1997 when an acquaintance, let’s just call him Gregg, refused to give away his barbecue sauce recipe claiming secret status.

Here’s how I see it. If you want the world to be filled with yummy stuff, share share share those recipe gems. Otherwise, you will surely be subject to the law of karma and have to suffer through many meals cooked by people who could have benefitted from a little recipe share.
This is my barbecue sauce recipe. It makes about 3 gallons of sauce, which may be more than you can handle in one sitting, but feel free to freeze a whole mess of it to get your through the recession.
1 industrial size can of tomato paste (3.14 kg)
1.5 times the can volume in water
3.5 c soy sauce
8 c sugar (the darker the better)
8 c baker’s molasses
1 c hing
See, simple stuff. Cook it until it thickens (about 15-20 minutes) and gets a little darker. Stir well because salty taste seems to settle to the bottom of the pot.
This recipe is economical and intense. Sweet and salty–totally addictive. It can be applied onto things and then broiled in the oven for a nice sticky charred effect or it can be added as a condiment to burgers or used as a dipping sauce for fries.
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7 responses to “Sabjimata Trade Secret: Barbecue Sauce

  1. Gopal

    Wohoo! Just to confirm, is that 1 cup of hing (American cup) for 3 gallons of sauce?

  2. Devadeva Mirel

    i american cup of yellow hing, roughly equivalent to two containers of yellow hing (if you bought the same size as i did).

  3. kmala

    “let’s just call him gregg”hahahahaha!how sad was all of that? I hate when people won’t give recipes. it’s kind of a “I want to be better than you” or “I want you to be a failure” mentality.sharing is caring, as they say.

  4. Devadeva Mirel

    it was so not gopi of him to do that!!!

  5. Wow! thank you for the recipe…is there a smaller version for us non-cooks to start off with. Can I just half everything in the recipe?

    • sabjimata

      Tirtha, take a regular size can of crushed tomato and add a cup of brown sugar/turbinado/sucanat. Add about a half cup of molasses and maybe a half cup of Braggs. 2 tspn hing. You will have to experiment a little…I don’t have small quantity recipe around but these measurements will give you a starting place. It is a salty sweet sauce that intensifies as you boil it…which you need to do to get it thick. XOXO

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