Tiger Sauce
Disappointing Internet Clone Recipe

For years there has been a Tiger Sauce clone recipe circulating on the internet which claims to duplicate Tiger Sauce's  "unique exotic flavor".  It does not!   It's not even close. 

Here is the recipe:

Tiger Sauce Clone

1 pint jar pickled hot peppers
1 (29 oz can) tomato puree (with basil or other spices
1 (6 oz)can tomato sauce
1/2 (quart bottle) red wine vinegar
1 (6 oz bottle) Louisiana Hot Sauce (3 oz for milder sauce).
1/2 t garlic powder
1 T MSG (Accent)
4 T red pepper flakes (2 T for milder sauce)
1/2 (18 oz bottle) Hickory Flavored Barbecue sauce

Remove peppers from jar, saving vinegar in a very large mixing bowl. Cut stems from peppers and discard. Place peppers in food processor, or blender, and puree very smooth. Empty contents of blender into mixing bowl with vinegar. Add all the remaining ingredients into bowl, and whisk until all ingredients are evenly blended. Bottle and store. Easiest to use when stored in empty small bottles, saved from soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, etc. Just clean the bottles and remove the old labels.

This recipe duplicates the taste of the original sauce. The Hickory Flavored BBQ Sauce is what gives the sauce the unique exotic flavor.

Some of the problems with the above recipe are:

  • Tiger Sauce is not smoky.  The hickory flavored bbq sauce is not appropriate.
  • There is a subtleness to Tiger Sauce's sour taste which can not be duplicated with vinegar alone.  I believe that tamarind's sour is what's missing.  Tamarind is also a primary component of Worcestershire sauce, which is listed as a Tiger Sauce ingredient on the bottle.
  • There are no tomatoes in the Tiger Sauce ingredient list and it does not have a tomato flavor.
  • I've made the sauce using the recipe above and it does not taste like Tiger Sauce.   The result is a fairly good, hot bbq sauce.

Lynn Ashley

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