For the past 2 weeks, I've posted pictures of food brimming with cholesterol. Aaaaahh. . .fat, you never looked so good. Anyway, both the kalua pig and rib posts featured a barbecue sauce. This barbecue sauce has never failed to impress. Everytime (except 1 time) I made food with this sauce, someone has always asked me for the recipe: Mr. Dependable's mom, Ray Liotta (his Asian twin), Mama Help, to name a few. Mama Help shared the recipe with Sister Help. Ray Liotta made ribs for some guests from Japan (and they all asked for the recipe). Mr. Dependable's mom, quite possibly assisted by arrogance-induced dementia, now passes this sauce off as HER recipe!
This sauce was originally used as a rib sauce, but over the years, we have found other uses for it. We have brushed it over hibachi chicken and used the chicken for a shredded chicken salad (like Chinese chicken salad). Being inspired by "mainland" barbecue, we started smearing it on kalua pig. When the McD drive-thru people forget to include the little tub of sweet & sour sauce with an order of chicken mcnuggets, the Ds warm a spoonful of this sauce for dipping. Perhaps the last statement should have been left off, as it may fail to inspire confidence in this sauce. But keep in mind the Ds and their palates...one of them would choose chicken mcnuggets over prime rib!
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14 oz ketchup
4 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp rock salt
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1 c sugar
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp liquid smoke
Mix all ingredients together. Use as needed. Refrigerate leftovers. Makes about 4 cups.
BTW, the one time I can recall someone NOT asking me for the recipe to this sauce was at a family New Years Day party at Aunty's house. I'm guessing its because everyone thought Mom made it. . .and they asked her for the recipe, which they never got.