Black Sauce

Black Sauce

According to Ludwig, sauces are the grace notes of a meal. They usually are not necessary, but they can do much to liven up a dish. While there is absolutely, positively nothing wrong with the occasional gravy, not everyone has the time or temperment to whisk one up.

This black beauty was inspired by a shopping gaffe. No, really. Maestro got his tux in a bundle about cost of Worchestershire sauce so he bought the economy size online. Ever see a half gallon of a condiment usually used a tablespoon at a time?

Frau van Food WAS NOT HAPPY. 

If you need to “borrow” a cup of Worchestershire, you know who to call.


Yields 2 cups



Black Sauce

A fast, easy and flexible sauce that works great with any red meat, particularly lamb. Tailor it to your meal by adding 1½ tablespoons of whatever rub or seasonings you put on the meat.

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups water
  • ⅓ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons favorite meat seasoning
  • Or
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Whisk all ingredients together and reduce by ¼ over medium-low heat.
  2. Will keep a long time. You will finish this long before it goes bad.


Main Course
dairy free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
treenut free
sesame free

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