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.
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.
*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?