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Four Ways to Make Boring Ketchup Better

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Who said ketchup had to be plain? It's time to add some bonus flavor with these three ketchup hacks!

Ketchup is a staple when it comes to things cooked up on the grill. This is especially true when it comes to burgers! But now it's time to spruce things up with a few quick and easy tips using common pantry ingredients. 

One thing to keep in mind is the really cool ketchup bottle graphics are designed to give you a visual of suggested measurements. If you add a bunch of chunky items then your ketchup blend may need to be served up in a bowl, mason jar, or a bottle with a bigger opening.

THE SECRET! - Don't measure, just start whipping things together to get the flavor you enjoy. Sure, you can keep notes for the flavor combination and ingredients you like best once you get started making your own Artisan Ketchup blends!

THE DIRECTIONS! - Mix it, Cover it, Chill it, and serve it! Don't use metal bowls! Check out the descriptions for additional tips!

You Can't beat easy! The Ketchup Steak Sauce is a great starter recipe that begs to be slow simmered in a sauce pan if you have some extra time. The addition of some minced onion and a bullion cube tossed into the saucepan will only make you love this easy steak sauce a little bit more!

The Asian Citrus Ketchup is also very simple. But then again, if you want to take things a little further down the flavor trail then consider the slow simmer mentioned for the steak sauce. Only this time add a drop or two of sesame seed oil and a few dashes of Asian Five Spice seasoning. 


If you grew up listening to the McDonald's jingle about secret sauce then you understand the graphic! The "Secret sauce" recipe for a Big Mac has been something of an urban legend for many years. Some say it's just watery Thousand Island Dressing. I like to think that there's more to it than that. So, go crazy on the Secret Burger Sauce! Relish, onion powder, salt, and pepper go a long way. I think the place to adjust things is with the Zesty French Dressing.

As for the Spicy Po-Boy Sauce, you can play with amounts all day long. If you want a less spicy sauce then reduce the hot sauce and increase the may. A couple of dashes of Seafood seasoning and Worcestershire sauce will put this ketchup hack over the top! Enjoy!



Kent Whitaker

Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.

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