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Barbecue Sauce a la Emil Villa’s

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Barbecue Sauce a la Emil Villa’s
1 cup of sauce Easy
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Ingredients (6)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ‶Better Than Bouillon - Beef Base″
  • 1 teaspoon commercial BBQ sauce (I used Hunt’s)
  • few grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
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This is an attempt to recreate the unique BBQ sauce from Emil Villa’s on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley from a couple of decades ago. The texture is correct, but my taste memory is rather vague. Course, like any sauce, you can add your own touches: lots of hot chile peppers, Mexican oregano, more vinegar, mayo, etc. The key to this recipe is that it does not rely on tomatoes for texture or as a major flavor component.


  1. 1Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl
  2. 2Heat on high for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  3. 3If it does not have an oily, slightly thickened texture (think bottled oil & vinegar dressing), heat an additional minute and stir. Repeat if necessary.
  4. 4Sauce may be refrigerated and re-heated
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