Recipe for Steak Sauce

by on July 10, 2014

in Make Your Own

Recipe for Steak Sauce - Little House Living

Recipe for Steak Sauce

When I was growing up, I was never a big steak eater.  I think the first time my husband ever cooked for me, he grilled rib eye steaks, and that day, I became a big steak eater.  He has a philosophy that you don't do too much to the meat, because you want to let the true taste of the meat stand up for itself.  He would put a little salt and pepper on it, grill it on high heat to get perfect grill marks, and that was it.  His version of a perfect steak.

He really does grill a great steak.  Okay, yes, I think the steak should shine on its own, but sometimes it does needs a little help.  Sometimes I just want a little more flavor to give it a great kick.  In order to satisfy my craving for an extra kick, I decided to make up my own recipe for steak sauce.

I wanted something with a rich tomato base, the twang of vinegar, and a bright citrus note.  And since my husband is the one who grills, I didn't want anything too labor-intensive, since those times are my official night off from cooking.

Recipe for Steak Sauce

This recipe for steak sauce whips up in only a couple minutes, but has a deep, robust complexion that is similar to A-1 sauce.

Homemade Steak Sauce

What You Need:

  • 1 cup ketchup (here's a homemade ketchup recipe)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (make your own Worcestershire sauce)
  • 2 tbsp brown mustard
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vinegar*
  • 1 tbsp juice from an orange
  • 1/2 tsp molasses
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, and whisk until fully incorporated.  This recipe makes 1 1/4 cup of sauce, which should keep for about a week.  Keep stored in the refrigerator.

Recipe for Steak Sauce

*Let's talk a minute about vinegar.  You can use a few different types of vinegar in this recipe for steak sauce, to suit your tastes.  Distilled white vinegar will give you a strong, bold flavor, where as red wine vinegar provides a sharp taste that pairs well with beef.  If you don't want as much of a punch, apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar may be a good choice.  White wine vinegar also has a milder taste.  If you want a sweeter flavor, balsamic vinegar may be a good option for you.

Or you can simply use whatever vinegar you have on hand, and it will still be delicious.

Do you like your steak with or without steak sauce?  Have you ever made a recipe for steak sauce before?


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1 Pure Grace Farms July 10, 2014 at 9:09 am

I love this recipe and the use of homemade ketchup and worcestershire sauce. This is my first time to your site and I am intrigued. Looking forward to spending some time here and getting to know you a little better. Stopping by from Thrifty Thursday to pin your fabulous post.


2 Merissa July 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

Welcome, I’m glad you found your way here!


3 Megan July 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

What wonderful recipes! Would you be able to can this and you’re other sauces?


4 Merissa July 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

Yes, you should be able to pressure can this recipe. I have not done it yet so I’m not sure on exact times/temps but I would imagine it would be the same as ketchup or a BBQ sauce.


5 Wendy @ July 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I have never thought about making my own steak sauce but the way we go through it at my house it’s worth a try. Thanks for sharing.
I would love for you to share this at my T.G.I.F. Linky Party @
Have a great weekend!! 🙂


6 Adelina Priddis July 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Thank you for talking about the different vinegars! I never know how to use them when I’m making my own recipes. The steak sauce sounds delicious – I think I’d use balsamic vinegar in mine. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday


7 Mitzi July 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

Yay! I already have all these ingredients– sounds wonderful– hopping over from Motivation Mondays- thanks for sharing, I’ll share and pin, too 🙂


8 Theresa @DearCreatives July 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Sounds and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at the party Theresa @DearCreatives


9 Almost Unschoolers July 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm

I like steak with steak sauce, but haven’t ever made it myself. I’ll share this one with my husband 🙂


10 Erlene July 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

We go through a lot of steak sauce at our house. Will have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


11 Kristina & Millie July 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

So interesting! I had the attributes to the vinegar all wrong in my head! Thanks for clearing that up and for sharing such a fun recipe. I would think too you could can just like ketchup or bbq sauce so brilliant idea there! Checking out your ketchup recipe next 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!


12 Danita @O Taste And See July 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Thanks for linking with us at Family Fun Friday. Just stopping by to let you know you’re featured this week.


13 Merissa July 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Thank you for the feature Danita!


14 Mel {MamaBuzz} July 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Mmmm, that looks delicious. Love a good steak sauce. We splurge every once in awhile and have steak on the grill. Definitely making this the next time we do. Thank you so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.


15 Jill July 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

I like steak sauce. I have to try your recipe, it sounds good!

Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


16 Samantha July 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

This looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to Tips and Tricks!


17 Vanessa July 23, 2014 at 8:30 am

I absolutely love this! I have featured it at our Make Bake Create party this week, I would love for you to hop by and check it out! Thanks! 🙂


18 Merissa July 23, 2014 at 8:32 am

Thanks for the feature Vanessa!


19 Dee July 30, 2014 at 9:04 am

Sounds amazing! Was just wondering if there was anything that can be substituted for the orange juice as I don’t have an orange and I live about an hour from the closest grocery store….. Thanks! 🙂 cant wait to try this!


20 Andrea August 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Hi Dee,

I think lemon juice would be a fine substitute, or juice from another citrus fruit. You can probably omit it, and it would be tasty… but if it wasn’t tangy enough, you could increase your vinegar just a touch. Hope that works for you!



21 Bernaditta Lilia C. Sobere October 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Thank you again for sharing this recipe. I would love to prepare this recipe this week.


22 Heather Serra April 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm

This would make such a great hostess gift for all the BBQ’s I get invited to. Great post! Can’t wait to try it.


23 Melissa May 29, 2015 at 12:43 am

Thanks for the recipe! I’m making slow cooker chicken Philly cheesesteaks, and the recipe called for steak sauce. I halved the recipe and it was perfect! Very tasty, will definitely make again.


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