My favorite purchased sauce is from a little dive in Rochester, MN called John Hardy's. I would really like to try replicating their sauce as a starting point for making my own as I would prefer to make vs buy. It is a spicy tomato sauce and the ingredient list is below but I'm not sure where to start as far as proportions. Was hoping someone could point me in the right direction of a recipe or idea.
Tomato Puree, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Modified Food Starch, Soybean Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Spice, Onion and Garlic Powder, Mayonnaise(no idea why this is in here - must be an extremely small amount), Tabasco Sauce, Pickle Juice, Cayenne Pepper, Lemon Juice.
It is a very thin sauce with a light sweetness and then some nice heat that follows without burning. Considering all the sugar in the ingredient list I would assume it to be sweeter then it really is. Anyone with any ideas on or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks.