My husband WILL NOT eat ketchup as a condiment on it’s own… yep, that’s right, not on a burger, hot dog or even French Fries. No ketchup. When it comes to cooking and using ketchup as an ingredient, no worries, as long as it is mixed or blended with other ingredients. His go to for burgers has always been mayo. Sure it’s creamy and adds some flavor, but mayo lacks that salty, tomato flavor that burgers need to compliment them and fries need something to be dipped in!
So one day a few years ago I set out to create a burger and fry sauce that would add flavor AND would be something that my husband would actually eat. It needed to be a little smoky, salty, and have a little bit of spice. After some trial and error… as well as input from my ketchup hating husband, I finally hit the nail on the head!
Now I make this sauce every time we grill up burgers (check out my “Perfect” Backyard Bacon Cheese Burger recipe) or have a party. It is so easy to make and everyone that has come over for a BBQ has raved about it. Give it a shot next time you have a cookout.
Oh, did I mention it is fantastic as a dipping sauce for fries (check out my homemade French Fries recipe) and onion rings?
- ½ Cup Mayo
- ½ Cup Ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 5 Dashes of Tabasco (or more to taste)
- 5 Dashes liquid smoke
- ¼ Cup yellow mustard (just plain old yellow mustard - truth be told my husband uses the ¼ cup but I use less whe I make it, 2 TBL spoons - all depends on your taste buds!)
- ½ Teaspoon chili powder
- ½ Teaspoon paprika
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well (please not that my husband likes to use ¼ cup mustard but I prefer less mustard and only add 2 TBL spoons when I make it - give both ways a shot and let your taste buds decide!).
- Can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.