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What makes this sauce bitter?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
My homemade sauce has a bitter taste , and I just wanted to see if anyone knows what maight be the cause?

My ingredients are:

1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup worcestershire
1/3 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup pickle juice
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 cup mollasses
2 tbs honey
2 tbs chili powder
1tsp creole seasoning
1tsp black pepper
1tsp onion powder
1tsp garlic powder

The wierd thing is that its only bitter as a dipping sauce , if i brush it on in the last stage of cooking its fine.

I'm suspicious of the pickle juice and the chili powder. Any ideas?
post #2 of 9
Without quanities i cant say, pickle juice?
Are you cooking this sauce before you dip into it?
post #3 of 9
An update on Quantities would help...
What brand of molasses are ya using? The Brare Rabbit brand has a very harsh flavor....Grandmas brand is very nice...some hot sauces have a bitter taste...Good Luck
post #4 of 9
The bare rabbit has a normal and mild flavor. They are both strong I never tried the Grandmas. might have to though
post #5 of 9
I'm with Bubba, lean toward the pickle juice, depending on quantity used.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
OK I edited the post to include the quantities. The mollasses is Grandma's or I use Steen's pure cane syrup. And yes I do cook the sauce.
post #7 of 9
Sounds to me like the pickle juice could be the culprit.
post #8 of 9
What brand of ketchup? Some brands are heavy on vinegar.

What happens if you reduce the pickle juice by half?
post #9 of 9
I think it would be the pickle juice also. Maybe try to heat it a little before dipping into??????????
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