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An easy and delicious steak sauce and marinade recipe to whip together in less than seven minutes with simple ingredients you probably have on hand. Now, what’s better than that?

I’ve always been a sauce head, born and bred, and grilling season is certainly no exception. In fact, my affinity for sauce is only heightened during the summer months when simple burgers and grilled chicken breasts are often the default at backyard hangs. With much to do in advance of your Labor Day barbecue, you might think a homemade steak sauce isn’t worth the effort, but with Aussie grillmaster Curtis Stone’s homemade smoky steak sauce, you can whip up the perfect enhancement for steaks, chicken, burgers, and even pork ribs in a snap and with ingredients you probably have on hand.

Speaking of sauceYou'll Put This Herby, Spicy Peruvian Green Sauce on EverythingLast summer 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. Let me tell you it is as easy as advertised. The recipe can be finished in less than ten minutes, be made as many as three days ahead, and bottled or jarred (it only gets better on day two, three, and four) for later or to give out as gifts. The below serves about four to six people, so definitely double or triple the recipe if you plan on bottling it.

Beyond bragging rights that come with making your own BBQ or steak sauce, you can be certain it’s a condiment made with natural ingredients, and no added sugar, corn syrup, or artificial flavoring like many grocery store brands. This one gets a pronounced sweetness from brown sugar, a little zing from the garlic, and just the right amount of salty umami from Worcestershire sauce. I’m picky about my sauces and this one really did it: Great balance and flavor without completely dominating everything it touches.

Curtis Stone's Easy & Smoky Steak Sauce

  • 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
  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), $44.75 on Amazon

Make a batch of saucy gifts for your host or guests this summer.
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