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I’ve always been a saucehead—born and bred—and grilling season is no exception. In fact, my affinity for sauce is only heightened during these summer months, and this is one of the best (and easiest) steak sauces you’ll ever make.

With much to do in advance of your 4th of July BBQ, you might think a homemade BBQ or steak sauce isn’t worth the effort, but with Curtis Stone’s Homemade Smoky Steak Sauce you can make a finger licking-ly good sauce for steaks, chicken, and pork ribs in a snap with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

I had the pleasure of sitting down for a meal prepared by the celebrity chef for a preview of Chef Stone’s line of grill meats and sides for HSN, and watched him whip up the easy steak sauce in real time, and let me tell you it’s as easy as advertised. The recipe below can be done in less than 15 minutes, be made as many as three days ahead, and bottled or jarred (it only gets better on day two). The below serves about four to six people, so definitely multiply this recipe for a party or large group.

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Beyond the all-important bragging rights that come with a homemade BBQ or steak sauce, you can be certain it’s a sauce made with straightforward ingredients, with no added sugar, corn syrup, or artificial flavorings, like most grocery store brands. This one gets a pronounced sweetness from the brown sugar, zing from the garlic, and just the right amount of salty umami from Worcestershire sauce. I’m picky about my sauces and this one did it for me. Great balance and flavor without dominating everything it touches.

Curtis Stone's Easy Smoky Steak Sauce

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, sugar, butter, hot sauce, garlic, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a small saucepan.
  2. Cook on grill over medium heat, stirring or whisking occasionally until hot and butter is melted.
  3. Transfer to bowl or bottle and serve with your favorite BBQ and grilled meats.

Bonus Idea: Grab some of these great sauce bottles, make a big batch, and hand them out for folks to take home. This set comes with a handy funnel for filling and you can even customize your labels.

Sauce Bottling Kit (makes 14), $19.75 on Amazon

Make a batch of saucy gifts for your host or guests this summer.
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Header image courtesy of HSN

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